Major Highlights 2014-2015

Major Highlights from the Institute for the 2014-15 Year

  • Awarded a 5-year renewal of the UCI MIND Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This contributes to the support for our 3 patient cohorts:  the longitudinal study of cognitive impairment, the Down syndrome study, and the 90+ Study, and to the continuation of the first national induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell bank for Alzheimer’s disease at UCI.
  • Successfully renewed the 3-year California Alzheimer’s Disease Center grant, which funds comprehensive exam of 100 Californians concerned about cognitive impairment.
  • Joshua Grill joined UCI MIND as Co-director of the UCI ADRC, UCI MIND Education and Outreach Director, and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry. Dr. Grill’s research is on Clinical Trial development with a focus on recruitment and retention of participants in Clinical Trials for Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Howard Federoff, an internationally recognized leader in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, is recruited to UCI as the new Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Federoff joins the Executive Committee of UCI MIND, the internal advisory board for the Institute.
  • UCI MIND welcomed Dr. Szofia Bullain to the Memory Assessment and Research Clinic to enable increased numbers of subjects be evaluated for cognitive disorders.
  • Received private donation to initiate a Clinical Trials Registry. Josh Grill and Aimee Pierce will be leading that development.
  • Carl Cotman, Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior and a UCI MIND founding Director received the 2015 UCI Clinical Translational Scientist Career Achievement Award.
  • Successful outreach to the community with 4 Ask the Doc programs, 6 Behind the Scenes Tours and the highly successful Southern California Annual Research Conference on Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Roger and Lucy Lisabeth, representing UCI MIND research participants, were highlighted on television stations, KCAL 9 and KCBS, Channel 2 News bringing widespread regional recognition to aging research at UCI MIND.
  • UCI MIND hosted a successful Time of your Life Gala which helped raise funds for Alzheimer’s disease research at UCI MIND.
  • Diane O’Dowd and Dr. Charles Limoli joined as new UCI MIND faculty for 2015. Dr. Diane O’Dowd’s research areas include synaptic transmission, plasticity, ion channels and learning and memory. Dr. Charles Limoli’s research focuses on neuro stem cells, chemobrain, irradiation and cognitive dysfunction.