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

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. more >



Family Education Series Available Online

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? more >



Exercise and Diet in Alzheimer’s Disease

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. more >



Lack of Research Volunteers Slows Progress in Alzheimer’s Disease

 

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Dr. Frank LaFerla Featured by SeniorCareHomes.com

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. more >



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

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. more >



Inspiring Others to Join the Fight Against Alzheimer’s Disease

A Toast to Memories

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 upon death.  In the meantime, Nancy is participating in every study she can – including donating cerebral spinal fluid and tears for research directed at identifying biomarkers for Alzheimer’s and most recently undergoing an 18-month course of infusions in a double-blind clinical trial  of intravenous immune globulin in hopes of helping scientists develop a new, more effective treatment for the disease.  A year ago, when given the option to also join the longitudinal research program as a successful ager, and subsequently donate his own cerebral spinal fluid, Larry got his encouragement from Nancy, who told him, as she has many others in her life, “Yes, you can.”  And so Larry joined, donated, and has just scheduled his second annual evaluation. more >



UCI MIND Launches Outreach to Chinese Americans

Dr. Malcolm Dick, UCI MIND Senior Neuropsychologist

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? more >



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

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. more >



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

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! more >