Memory Assessment and Research Center

The UCI MIND Memory Assessment and Research Center, operates within the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders located on the UCI main campus. Home to the only NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center in Orange County, UCI MIND is committed to better understanding and finding ways to optimize the cognitive, functional, and behavioral abilities of all older individuals, including those with Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative conditions.

The risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease increases consistently with increasing age. More than 80,000 Orange County residents have Alzheimer’s disease and the large senior population here will result in increasing numbers of older people dealing with cognitive problems. The UCI MIND Memory Assessment and Research Center is actively addressing this problem by offering individuals and their families access to state-of-the-art research studies, novel prevention and therapeutic trials, and a variety of community educational programs.

UCI MIND clinicians bring state-of-the-art methods to accurately differentiate between normal aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and dementia. Early identification of cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease is critical so that available treatments can be initiated, research can be considered, and families can plan for the future, take advantage of available community services, and develop effective coping strategies.

The UCI MIND Memory Assessment and Research Center offers many opportunities for participation in research. The hallmark study as part of the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is known as the Longitudinal Cohort. This study enrolls older persons with and without cognitive problems who are willing to undergo thorough clinical and cognitive assessment annually and are willing to consider brain donation for autopsy research. If you are interested in learning more about this or other studies at UCI MIND, call (949) 824-2382.