Welcome to UCI MIND

The UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

1 of 30 NIH-designated centers across the United States and the only center in Orange County

World Renowned Researchers

Over 50 faculty members from academic departments across campus

Research Participation

Research participation opportunities for individuals with and without memory concerns

Cutting-Edge Science

Translating findings from the lab into improved clinical care

Education on Brain Aging

Bringing knowledge gained through research to the community

Stem Cell Research

The first national induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell bank for Alzheimer's disease

Brilliant Future

Training the next generation of scientists and clinicians in the field of brain aging research

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Welcome to the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND). We are the University’s center for aging and dementia research, with our faculty seeking to understand the causes leading to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, and Huntington’s disease.  For more than 30 years, UCI MIND has been at the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease research. It is home to one of the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers in the United States and is the only Center in Orange County.

In the News


Frequent and Feared. But Can Dementia Be Avoided?

March 17th, 2022
Managed Healthcare Executive


Determining if Dementia Is Uniquely Human

February 22nd, 2022
Discover Magazine


What Memories Are Made Of

February 3rd, 2022
CNN - Chasing Life


First person interview – Gianna Fote

January 25th, 2022
Journal of Cell Science


Claudia Kawas, MD receives Distinguished Faculty Award

January 13th, 2022
UCI Academic Senate

Research Heroes

A dollar invested here is like a dollar invested for the rest of the world.

Burton YoungPhilanthropist & Leadership Council Member

Our desire is to do what we can to help find a cure for this disease.

Roger LisabethPhilanthropist & Study Partner

We are at the forefront of finding solutions, but we need the help of the community to make these promising studies as successful as possible.

Joshua Grill, PhDResearcher & Director

Hopefully the research will find cures for people with this disease. That’s why I volunteer and devote time. That’s the whole reason.

Henry WuResearch Participant

I think it’s very important for people to participate in Alzheimer's prevention clinical trials...I have {Alzheimer's} in my family and I’m hopeful that what I’m doing will help people in the future.

Marsha GroveResearch Participant

We are made of memories, and the thought of such a disease capable of disassociating us from the people we love and the world made me want to be a part of a team of researchers who are fighting not only for a better understanding of the disease, but for a cure.

Stefania Forner, PhDResearcher

I began participating in research after my mother passed away with Alzheimer’s in 2000...I feel like I’m contributing. I want to do anything I can to help the research that’s being done.

Linda BenjaminResearch Participant

My family donated {my husband's} brain to research. At every level we were treated with respect and dignity, and we considered it a privilege to be a part of the research to find a cure for this horrible disease.

Dee MaltbyStudy Partner

As I saw my grandfather and so many others lose their memories, it became obvious to me that I should pursue this path and join efforts with a team of admirable researchers to understand and fight this devastating disease.

Alessandra Martini, PhDResearcher

If we can collectively contribute to future generations, who knows what can be achieved.

John BakerResearch Participant

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