Yearly Archives

2012

20th Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference Now Online

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The 20th Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference, held on World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21, 2012, is now available for viewing online.  Addressing the topic, Beyond Memory: The Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Dementia, the conference featured internationally known researchers and expert clinicians who discussed non-cognitive symptoms – ranging from apathy and depression to hallucinations and agitation – and their treatment in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.  Led by UCI MIND with the support of the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County and Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, this year’s conference brought together 560 caregivers, health care professionals, aging service providers, and…

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Physical Limitations in the Oldest Old Increase Odds of Dementia

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Just published Online First by Archives of Neurology, a study led by Szofia Bullain, M.D., a Fellow in Geriatric Neurology at UCI MIND and a Clinical Instructor in the Department of Neurology, has shown that difficulty performing activities like walking at age 90 and older greatly increases the odds of having dementia. Using a cross-sectional design, Bullain and her colleagues found that the oldest old who performed poorly on measures of walking, rising from a chair, standing balance and grip strength were more likely to have dementia than their more able peers.  Odds of developing dementia increased for every unit…

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Dr. Claudia Kawas Honored

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Kawas honored as Visionary Woman by Alzheimer’s Association of OC Dr. Claudia Kawas, the Al and Trish Nichols Chair in Clinical Neuroscience and professor of neurology and neurobiology & behavior at UC Irvine, was honored for her clinical contributions to Alzheimer’s disease research and care by the Orange County Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Along with seven other recipients, Kawas was recognized as a 2012 Visionary Woman during a Sept. 28 reception at the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel. Each year, the Visionary Women Circle of the Alzheimer’s Association honors Orange County caregivers who display extraordinary compassion in caring for those…

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CBS 2 News Increases Awareness of MCI

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CBS 2 News spot features Steve and Gincy Heins, who shared their story of living with Steve’s Mild Cognitive Impairment at the 2012 Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Regional Conference on September 21, 2012 – World Alzheimer’s Day.  As Dr. Aimee Pierce of the UCI MIND cautions, any memory or thinking difficulties that interfere with one’s everyday life should be brought to the attention of a physician and evaluated carefully.

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UCI MIND Awarded Funding to Advance Stem Cell Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease

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The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) has awarded $20 million to UCI Institute of Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI  MIND) to advance stem cell treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in partnership with Stem Cell, Inc. of Newark, California.  Led by a disease team that includes Dr. Frank LaFerla, a world-renowned researcher in Alzheimer’s disease who serves as director of UCI MIND and Dr. Mathew Blurton-Jones, Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at UCI, the four-year project is designed to bring neural stem cell treatment into human clinical trials.  Both researchers are part of the UCI Bill…

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Dr. Leslie Thompson Selected as First Editor of New Huntington’s Disease Journal

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Dr. Leslie Thompson, a member of the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), has been named editor in chief of the first academic journal dedicated to Huntington’s disease.  The quarterly Journal of Huntington’s Disease features original research in basic science, translational research and clinical studies.  The 7th most cited researcher in Huntington’s disease (HD) over the past 25 years, Dr. Thompson is a professor of psychiatry and human behavior in the UCI School of Medicine and of neurobiology and behavior prednisone online in the School of Biological Sciences.  She serves as the Director of the Interdepartmental…

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Dr. Cotman Receives Honorary Doctorate from McGill University

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Congratulations to Dr. Carl Cotman, professor of Neurology, Neurobiology and Behavior, and Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine who received an honorary doctorate from McGill University in Montreal as part of its 2012 commencement exercises.  Dr. Cotman, who founded the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), was awarded a Doctor of Science, honoris causa, in recognition of the many contributions he has made to our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related cognitive disorders throughout his distinguished career.  He joins a select group of faculty to receive this honor. In his invited convocation address,…

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Registration Open for 20th Annual Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference

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Register Now . . . for the 20thAnnual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Conference, to be held on World Alzheimer’s Day, Friday, September 21, 2012 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. Joining worldwide efforts to increase understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, the Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders at the University of California, Irvine (UCI MIND) and its community partners, the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County and Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, are bringing together experts from across the country to address the topic, Beyond Memory: The Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms of Dementia. Today, over 5.4 million…

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Family Education Series Available Online

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The Family Education Series, taught by Dr. Malcolm Dick, Senior Neuropsychologist at the UCI MIND Memory Assessment and Research Center, and Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Director of Education at UCI MIND, is now available online.  Workshops available for viewing are Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias: What Does the Diagnosis Mean? and Alzheimer’s Disease: Behavior and Communication Strategies.   View the workshops online or attend the 2013 series in person.     For more information or to pre-register, call (949) 824-2382.

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Exercise and Diet in Alzheimer’s Disease

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Dr. Carl Cotman, founding director of the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, explains how regular exercise and a diet rich in antioxidants support brain health. This video is part of the “The Alzheimer’s Project,” a presentation of HBO Documentary Films and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health in association with the Alzheimer’s Association, the Fidelity® Charitable Gift Fund and Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® Alzheimer’s Initiative.

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Dr. Frank LaFerla Featured by SeniorCareHomes.com

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Dr. Frank LaFerla serves as Chief Alzheimer’s Research Expert for SeniorCareHomes.com.  He shares the urgent need to advance research about Alzheimer’s disease and the efforts of UCI MIND to ensure that memories last a lifetime for future generations.  Today, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease and a new case of develops in the United States every 68 seconds.  Without effective treatment and prevention strategies, the number of Americans affected by Alzheimer’s disease will grow to at least 16 million by 2050, with the cost of care bankrupting our society.

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David Cribbs, Ph.D. Appointed to VA Scientific Merit Review Board

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Dr. David Cribbs, Associate Director of UCI MIND and Professor in Residence in the Department of Neurology, has been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs Joint Biomedical Laboratory Research  and Development (BLR&D) and Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) Services Scientific Merit Review Board. As a board member, Dr. Cribbs will provide advice on the scientific quality, budget, safety and mission relevance of investigator-initiated research proposals submitted for intramural funding at the VA.  Funding is available for studies that prove both scientifically meritorious and relevant to the health of veterans. The board fulfills its mission through a series of expert…

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Inspiring Others to Join the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

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An inspiration – that’s what Nancy Jenkins has been all her life – and continues to be even in the face of Alzheimer’s disease, which is gradually destroying her memory and thinking abilities.  These days, Nancy is inspiring others, even her husband, Larry, to follow her footsteps in advancing research for Alzheimer’s disease.  An active participant in the longitudinal research program at the University of California Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) for the past 8 years, Nancy is allowing doctors to follow the progression of her disease annually and has agreed to donate her brain…

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UCI MIND Launches Outreach to Chinese Americans

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An overflow crowd of 160 Chinese Americans attended the UC Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorder’s (UCI MIND) first workshop on memory loss targeting this growing ethnic community.  Offered with translation, Memory Loss: Should I Be Concerned? was presented at the Irvine Chinese School on May 4, 2012 by UCI MIND experts, Dr. Malcolm Dick, Senior Neuropsychologist, and Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Director of Education, with translation support from Florence Huang, M.S.G., Community Liaison. Located in the heart of Irvine, UCI MIND is serving its local community by reaching out to Asians, who represent 39.2% of the city’s population, up…

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Any Kind of Physical Activity Protects the Oldest Old from Alzheimer’s Disease

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Staying physically active is critical for brain health, but you don’t necessarily have to break a sweat exercising to protect yourself from developing Alzheimer’s disease.   Among the oldest old, those who were the most physically active, whether through routine activities like housework and gardening or traditional exercise, had 2.3 times less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease than those who were the least physically active, according to a study just published in the April 24, 2012 issue of Neurology. Dr. A. S. Buchman, lead author, and his colleagues at the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center, measured level of physical activity among 716…

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Time of Your Life raises $100,000 for Alzheimer’s Research at UCI MIND

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More than 500 guests stepped back in time to the 1960s at the Time of Your Life fundraiser, held at the Center Club in Costa Mesa on March 10, 2012.  The benefit, in support of Alzheimer’s research at UCI MIND, was led by Jacqueline DuPont, Ph.D., Irvine Cottages, and her husband, Marc Carlson, and fellow co-chair, Linda Young.  The threesome had volunteered for two previous successful UCI MIND fundraisers.  They gathered their team of loyal volunteers to serve on this year’s committee to produce a truly unique event.  You had to be there! With the generous support and underwriting of…

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Researching Ways to Make Memories Last a Lifetime

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Every 4 seconds another person in the world develops Alzheimer’s disease, a statistic released by the World Health Organization in its 2012 report, Dementia, A Public Health Priority, on April 11 and highlighted by Dr. Frank LaFerla, Director of the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND), that same evening in his presentation, Researching Ways to Make Memories Last A Lifetime, at the 18th UCI Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory, co-hosted by the UCI Center for Neurobiology, Learning and Memory and UCI MIND. Speaking to an audience of more than 500, Dr. LaFerla…

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A Night at Sardi’s Features Dr. Frank LaFerla

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Dr. Frank LaFerla , Director of UCI MIND, addressed the 1,000+ prominent political and entertainment industry leaders – in addition to celebrities – who gathered on March 21, 2012, at the Beverly Hilton to recognize advances in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and rally around the growing movement to end the disease.  This annual Alzheimer’s Association gala has raised over $19 million since its inception to advance cutting-edge research, increase awareness, and address the needs of Americans living with the disease and their caregivers. In his brief address, Dr. LaFerla reminded the audience that the price is just too high…

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More Evidence that Omega-3 Fatty Acids Support Brain Health

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A study published in the February 28 issue of the journal Neurology provides more evidence that high dietary consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, found in fish such as salmon and tuna, may protect the brain against cognitive impairment. The research team, led by Dr. Zaldy S. Tan, found that healthy older adults 58-76 (m = 67) with the lowest  red blood cell (RBC) levels of the omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) had “older” brains than their peers as well as a vascular pattern of cognitive impairment.  Researchers examined the relationship of RBC fatty acid levels…

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Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease – Video

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Learn about Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and ways to support research at UCI MIND Is dementia the same as Alzheimer’s disease?  Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Director of Education at UCI MIND, answers this common question and describes Mild Cognitive Impairment, the transitional stage between normal aging and dementia. In January 2012, UCI MIND was awarded a $25,000 grant by the S. L. Gimbel Foundation in support of Memory Screening and Education to Advance Alzheimer’s Disease Research.   Funding will enable UCI MIND to educate the community about memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias as well as opportunities to participate in…

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Cancer drug rapidly clears amyloid plaques

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Researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine have demonstrated that bexarotene, an FDA-approved drug for the  treatment of skin cancer, dramatically and rapidly clears amyloid plaques from the brains of mice bred with Alzheimer’s disease.  Led by Gary Landreth, Ph.D.,  the study just published on line in Science Express, found that bexarotene not only enhanced clearance of beta amyloid, an abnormal protein associated with Alzheimer’s disease, but also improved some cognitive and behavioral functions.   After discovering that Apolipoprotein E (ApoE), the main cholesterol carrier in the brain, facilitates clearance of beta amyloid, Landreth and his colleagues decided…

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Obama boosts Alzheimer’s funding by $130 million

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Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, announced today that the Obama administration would increase funding for Alzheimer’s disease research by $130 million.   An extra $50 million will be made available immediately, and another $80 million will be added to the fiscal year 2013 federal budget to be released next week.  In total, this funding represents a 25% increase in funding for Alzheimer’s disease research over the next two years.  An additional $25 million will be allocated for caregiver support, provider education, public awareness, and improvements in data infrastructure.  “We can’t wait to confront the growing threat that Alzheimer’s…

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Aimee Pierce, M.D., Named Medical Director

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Dr. Aimee Pierce, Assistant Clinical Professor in UCI’s Department of Neurology, has been named Medical Director of the UCI MIND Memory Assessment Clinic.  Hailing from Eugene, Oregon, Dr. Pierce earned her B.S. in Biology at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA, and her M.D. at the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons.  After graduating she completed an internship in Internal Medicine at New York Presbyterian Hospital, a residency in neurology at UCLA, and a fellowship in geriatric neurology and dementia at the VA San Diego Healthcare System affiliated with UCSD.  Dr. Pierce officially joined the Department of Neurology…

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UCI MIND Launches MIND Matters Club

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On January 19, UCI MIND launched the MIND Matters Club at the home of Burton and Linda Young, who graciously hosted this inaugural gathering of individuals who have committed to  giving $1,906 or more annually to UCI MIND.  Guests gathered to hear Dr. Margaret Gatz, Professor of Psychology at the University of Southern California and Foreign Adjunct Professor at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, describe her research into dementia among Swedish twins.  Dr. Gatz and her colleagues followed Swedish twins across the past 25 years in order to identify differences between twin partners who developed dementia and those who did…

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Join us for the 3rd Annual ReMIND Emerging Scientists Symposium!

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The graduate student group ReMIND and the UCI MIND Institute will be hosting the Emerging Scientists Symposium on Neurological Disorders on February 9th at the University Club. It is a unique opportunity for graduate and postdoctoral researchers to present their work. Renowned Alzheimer’s disease researcher Dr. Li-Huei Tsai will give the keynote address. All are welcome to attend!  

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