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 >

A Time of Your Life Raises Funds for UCI MIND

Over 500 guests enjoyed A Time of Your Life Saturday, March 10th, and raised much-needed funding to support research at UCI MIND.  Thank you to sponsor San Clemente Villas by the Seas for this video that shares the sights and sounds of the evening. more >

Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease – Video

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. more >

UCI MIND Scientist and Caregiver on Alzheimer’s


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Cancer drug rapidly clears amyloid plaques

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. more >

UCI Teaser Video

Trailer video for the full version of a documentary that looks at what UCI is doing to fight Alzheimer’s disease.

Obama boosts Alzheimer's funding by $130 million

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 disease poses to American families and to our nation as a whole,” noted Sebelius.   Increased funding comes on the heels of the recent announcement that first goal of  the National Alzheimer’s Project Act is

to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025

Nationwide, 5.4 million people have AD and rely on 14.9 million close family members and friends for care.  In California, AD currently affects nearly 500,000 people, a number that is expected to escalate to 1.1 million by 2030.  With an average of three caregivers supporting each of these 1.1 million people, the number of Californians coping with AD will total an estimated 4.4 million in 2030. more >

Aimee Pierce, M.D., Named Medical Director

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. more >