UCI MIND Leads Research into Alzheimer’s Disease

UCI MIND releases a new video in which Dr. Aimee Pierce, Medical Director of the Institute’s Memory Assessment and Research Center, and her fellow researchers and clinicians talk about their latest efforts to advance research in Alzheimer’s disease.

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World Alzheimer’s Report Reveals Impact of Stigma on Lives of People with Dementia

According to the recently released 2012 World Alzheimer’s Report, stigma negatively effects people with dementia across the world, resulting in loss of friends and social exclusion. more >

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

Dr. Frank LaFerla, Director of UCI MIND, facilitates “Ask the Doc” panel of expert speakers who address audience questions about the behavioral and psychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

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 community members at large. more >

Physical Limitations in the Oldest Old Increase Odds of Dementia

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. more >

UCI MIND Meets Urgent Need for Alzheimer’s Research

Investigators at the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders describe their efforts to advance research for Alzheimer’s disease.  Caregiver Bill Edwards shares how his wife, Nancy, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at UCI MIND and urges support for the Institute’s research. more >

CBS 2 News Increases Awareness of MCI

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. more >

KCAL 9 News Features UCI MIND

KCAL 9 News highlights research at UCI MIND which was shared at the 20th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Conference, held on September 21st, World Alzheimer’s Day. more >

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

Drs. Frank LaFerla (front) and Mathew Blurton-Jones (rear) before stem cell images

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. more >

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

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. more >

Dr. Cotman Receives Honorary Doctorate from McGill University

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. more >