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Dr. Craig Stark Comments for Science Magazine

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UCI MIND faculty member, Craig Stark, PhD was recently quoted in Science Magazine discussing the critical role scientists play in helping improve society. The article focuses on a push to better understand the science behind addiction, and how scientists are spreading evidence-based treatment knowledge through regional and national seminars. By regularly hosting seminars to gather scientific and legal experts, researchers can better inform the criminal justice system on how to improve substance abuse recovery rates in the incarcerated population. Dr. Stark, a neurobiologist who specializes in brain imaging at UCI, has presented at dozens of these legal seminars, speaking on…

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Can brain scans be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s?

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Tune in this Friday, August 2 @ 9AM for the next episode of our monthly Facebook LIVE series, “Can brain scans be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s?” This month, we’re joined by Craig Stark, PhD. Dr. Stark earned a doctorate in Cognitive Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior, the James L. McGaugh Chair in Neurobiology of Learning & Memory, and serves as Director of the UCI Campus Center for Neuroimaging and the state-of-the-art Facility for Imaging and Brain Research (FIBRE). Dr. Stark’s research utilizes brain imaging and experimental psychology to increase understanding of long-term…

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What medications can I take to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s?

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Tune in this Friday, July 12 @ 9AM for the next episode of our monthly Facebook LIVE series, “What medications can I take to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s?” This month, we’re joined by Steven Tam, MD. Dr. Tam is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and a Geriatrician at UC Irvine and recognized as a Physician of Excellence by the Orange County Medical Association. He specializes in geriatric neurology and serves as principal investigator for two Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials at UCI MIND. To attend LIVE and ask Dr. Tam YOUR questions, login to Facebook this Friday morning and search @UCIrvineMIND to view the video…

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Using video games to detect (and protect) those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease

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Contributed by Craig Stark, PhD Researchers from the UK have just released a report showing how we can extract valuable cognitive data out of video game performance. Using the mobile game Sea Hero Quest, which relies heavily on spatial memory and navigation, the researchers were able to discriminate healthy aging from those at-risk for Alzheimer’s. By using games that are fun and engaging, but are designed to tap into specific brain processes, we can usher in a new era of diagnosis. Research in my lab here at UCI is further looking at whether playing certain kinds of video games can actually…

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Are there any promising vaccines for Alzheimer’s?

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Tune in this Friday, May 3 @ 9AM for the next episode of our monthly Facebook LIVE series, “Are there any promising vaccines for Alzheimer’s?” This month, we’re joined by Elizabeth Head, PhD. Dr. Head earned a PhD in neuroscience from the University of Toronto and completed postdoctoral training at UCI. She recently returned to UCI from the University of Kentucky and serves as Professor and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Dr. Head has dedicated over 20 years and more than 150 publications to the field of aging and Alzheimer’s disease research with a focus on individuals…

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Is Alzheimer’s an immune disorder?

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Tune in this Friday, April 5 @ 9AM for the next episode of our monthly Facebook LIVE series, “Is Alzheimer’s an immune disorder?” This month, we’re joined by Andrea Tenner, PhD. Dr. Tenner earned her PhD from UC San Diego and is an esteemed Professor in the UC Irvine School of Medicine and the School of Biological Sciences. Throughout her career, Dr. Tenner has received numerous academic awards and has published over 100 scientific journal articles. Dr. Tenner’s research examines the role of inflammation and how our body’s immune system responds to Alzheimer’s disease – and using this knowledge, her team…

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What causes memory problems in older adults?

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Tune in this Friday, March 1 @ 9AM for the next episode of our monthly Facebook LIVE series, “What causes memory problems in older adults?” This month, we’re joined by Ahmad Sajjadi, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology in the UCI School of Medicine. Dr. Sajjadi received his medical degree from Tehran University of Medical Sciences in Iran and his PhD from the University of Cambridge in the UK. Dr. Sajjadi is a behavioral neurologist who sees patients with memory concerns and also conducts research on Alzheimer’s disease and atypical forms of dementia. To attend live and ask questions, login…

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New play aims to educate community on Down syndrome

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Eric Doran, Manager of UCI MIND’s Down Syndrome Program, has partnered with his longtime friend and playwright, Steven Oberman, to tell the true story of Dr. John Langdon Down, the man who first described Down syndrome. We interviewed Mr. Doran to learn more about the vision behind this new play, Blurred at the Edges, set to run in March of 2019 at the Diversionary Theatre in San Diego. What is the vision behind Blurred at the Edges? Down syndrome is named after Dr. John Langdon Down, a British physician who first described the condition in 1866. Most parents of a…

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Sleep is associated with tau pathology in early Alzheimer’s disease

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Colleagues at Washington University School of Medicine published novel findings on the correlation between tau tangles, a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease pathology, and sleep quality in people who were cognitively normal or who had mild cognitive impairment. On ALZFORUM, UCI MIND faculty member, Dr. Bryce Mander commented, “This is an important paper because it shows for the first time how tau is related to sleep deficits. That’s going to be important in advancing our understanding of how Alzheimer’s disease pathology affects sleep.” Dr. Mander, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at UCI, has published several important findings on the link between…

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UCI MIND Raises Record-Breaking $370K at 9th Annual Gala

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IRVINE, Calif. (Dec. 11, 2018) – UCI MIND, the University of California, Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders, Orange County’s only state and federally designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), hosted its 9th annual A December to Remember Gala on Saturday, December 1 at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach. UCI MIND raised a record-shattering $370,000 through underwriting, ticket sales and donations from the attendees. “UCI MIND would not be at the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease research without the strong community behind us,” notes Dr. Joshua Grill, Director of UCI MIND. “We are forever grateful for the…

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Dr. Daniel Gillen discusses clinical trials and UCI MIND’s annual conference on KUCI radio

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This Friday, September 21 marks the 29th Annual SoCal Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Chair of Statistics and UCI MIND faculty member, Dr. Daniel Gillen, discusses this year’s topic of Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials with KUCI Radio – click here to listen to the podcast >. Dr. Gillen is one of several esteemed researchers who will present on Friday. There’s still time to register! Click here >, call 949.757.3720 x 3733, or purchase Day-Of tickets at the Registration booth.

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Orange Coast Magazine calls upcoming conference a “Can’t-Miss” health event in OC

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Orange Coast Magazine​ just named our upcoming research conference in the “20 Can’t-Miss Health Events in O.C. To Keep You Healthy!” Don’t miss your chance to attend Trials Today, Treatments Tomorrow, Sept. 21 at the Irvine Marriott​. Tickets: http://bit.ly/alzconference or call 949.757.3720 x 3733. “Alzheimer’s affects more than 84,000 people in Orange County. This conference, hosted by the UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) and Alzheimer’s Orange County, will bring world-renowned experts to Irvine to discuss progress in the battle against Alzheimer’s.” — Orange Coast Magazine  

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Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, 2018 Conference Speaker, Wins Lifetime Achievement Award at AAIC 2018

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Dr. Jeffrey Cummings, the inventor of the Neuropsychiatric Inventory and international leader in the field of Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials was awarded the Bengt Winblad Lifetime Achievement Award at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. To hear Dr. Cummings lecture about the state of Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, register for the UCI MIND Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference at bit.ly/alzconference

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UCI MIND Researchers presenting work at pre-conference to Alzheimer’s Association International Conference

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Professors Andrea Tenner (seen here, middle) and Frank LaFerla, along with other members of UCI MIND’s Next Generation Animal Models grant presented their work at the Accelerating Medicines Partnership—Alzheimer’s Disease (AMP-AD) meeting at a pre-conference to the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Chicago on July 19 and 20.

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Announcing the 29th Annual SoCal Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference

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Join Alzheimer’s Orange County and UCI MIND for the 29th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference. Learn about important findings from past trials, current trials of promising new treatments, and what it’s going to take to find successful treatments for the most urgent health problem we face as a society today.   29th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference Friday, September 21 | 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | Irvine Marriott Hotel   Click here to register >  

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Last Day to RSVP for 2018 Family Education Workshop

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Today is the last day to RSVP for the 2018 Family Education Workshop this Thursday, May 17! Click here to RSVP > Join licensed psychologists, Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke and Dr. Malcolm Dick, as they examine the state of the art in identification, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. The workshop will be held at the Lakeview Senior Center in Irvine. Refreshments and registration from 9:30-10:00 AM. Lecture from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM. Thank you to our Community Partners: Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter, Alzheimer’s Family Center, Alzheimer’s Orange County, and Family Caregiver Resource Center. For questions or to be added to…

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Brain health is on the minds of seniors who attended UCI MIND “Ask the Doc” open Q&A session at Susi Q

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Story by Dianne Russell in Stu News Laguna featuring UCI MIND’s most recent Ask the Doc panel on March 22, 2018: “Although the day is wet and dreary, it doesn’t stop 85 audience members from attending UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) “Ask the Doc” event at Susi Q. The roomful of mostly seniors is serious and here for one thing, to get answers to their questions regarding the widespread problem of Alzheimer’s, memory loss and brain health. It’s not an entirely comfortable situation, as I am well into that age bracket, and so the Q…

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Register today for ASK THE DOC in partnership with Senator Pat Bates’ South OC Senior Day

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Please join UCI MIND on Friday, March 9 at Norman P. Murray Senior Center for an ASK THE DOC Q&A session at South OC Senior Day, in partnership with Senator Pat Bates and Assemblyman Bill Brough. Bring your questions about brain health, Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss, diagnosis and treatment, research advances, and more to a panel of expert clinicians and scientists from UCI MIND, Orange County’s only state and federally designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center: www.mind.uci.edu There is no cost to attend. Register today at www.seniordayoc.com or call 949.598.5850. Click here for Event Details> Moderator: Ruth Benca, MD, PhD, Professor…

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Free community screening of “Alive Inside” this Friday, January 26 in Orange

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Free community screening reveals how personalized music provides comfort ORANGE, CA – The public is invited to a free screening of Alive Inside, a documentary that explores the transformative impact of music on people living with a diagnosis of dementia or other cognitive disorders.  The award winning documentary follows the journey of social worker Dan Cohen, creator of the national MUSIC & MEMORY® program which helps non-verbal dementia patients re-ignite positive memories as they listen to familiar songs from their past. WHEN:   Friday, January 26, 2018 WHERE: Folino Theater, Marion Knott Studios – Chapman University, 283 N. Cypress St., Orange, CA…

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REMIND engages local students as part of STEAM initiative

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REMIND predoc and postdoc trainees, Sarah Royer, Stefânia Forner, and Alessandra Martini, welcomed 7th and 8th graders to campus today to teach them about brain health and Alzheimer’s disease. The students even had a chance to see their own brain waves in action! This outreach initiative is led by the Beall Center for Art + Technology at UC Irvine to engage local K-12 students in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM).

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UCI MIND Announces Maria Shriver as Celebrity Honoree for 8th Annual A December to Remember Gala

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Maria Shriver, internationally renowned Alzheimer’s disease advocate, founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement, and former First Lady of California, will be honored at UCI MIND’s 8th annual A December to Remember gala on Saturday, December 2, 2017. “Maria Shriver is a champion for Alzheimer’s disease research and a voice of strength for many families and individuals who are suffering as a result of this disease,” says Dr. Joshua Grill, co-director of UCI MIND.  “We are proud to partner with Ms. Shriver and honor her important work that continues to shine a light on Alzheimer’s disease.” Shriver is the founder of…

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Do you have questions about brain health and Alzheimer’s disease?

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Join UCI MIND for its quarterly ASK THE DOC session where a panel of expert researchers and clinicians from UC Irvine will answer all of your most pressing questions! Date: Friday, October 27, 2017 Time: 10:00am-12:00pm Location: Alzheimer’s Association, Orange County Chapter (770 The City Drive South, 1st Floor, Orange 92868) Space is limited! Reserve your spot online bit.ly/UCIASKTHEDOC or by calling 800.272.3900. For questions, please contact 949.824.9475.

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Today is World Alzheimer’s Day!

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Today, September 21, is WORLD ALZHEIMER’S DAY! Our faculty and staff are spending this day, as they do every other day: In the laboratory performing cutting edge research with molecules, cells, and animal models to unlock the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and identify treatment targets Working with volunteer participants who have donated their time to help us better understand, diagnose, and treat Alzheimer’s disease through research Conducting clinical trials of promising therapies we hope will prevent, reduce, or reverse Alzheimer’s disease We hope today you will consider doing one or all of the following: ADVOCATE: Write to your local, state, or federal representative and communicate the need for increased funding for Alzheimer’s research and improved…

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