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.

To view the conference as a whole, or individual sessions, click here.

Following a welcome from Dr. Frank LaFerla, Director of UCI MIND; Jim McAleer, Executive Director of the Alzheimer’s Association of Orange County, and Alan Zamosky, Ph.D., Executive Director of Alzheimer’s Family Services Center, speakers addressed the following topics:

Unrecognized Medical Illness: An Important Contributor to Problematic Behavioral Symptoms in Dementia
Daniel Sewell, M.D., UC San Diego

Effectiveness of Psychotropic Medications to Treat Behavioral and Psychiatric Symptoms in Alzheimer’s Disease
Lon Schneider, M.D., University of Southern California

Sleep Disruption in Alzheimer’s Disease
Aimee Pierce, M.D., UC Irvine

Treatment for the Behavioral Variant of Frontotemporal Dementia
Adam Boxer, M.D., UC San Francisco

Social Behavior and Emotion in Frontotemporal Dementia
Mario Mendez, M.D., Ph.D., UC Los Angeles

Language Impairments in Dementia: A Contributor to Neuropsychiatric Symptoms
Maria L. Gorno-Tempini, M.D., Ph.D., UC San Franciso

Early Neuropsychiatric Symptoms: Insights from Diagnosed Individuals and their Care Partners
Cordula Dick-Muehlke, Ph.D. UC Irvine

Behavioral Disturbances and Partnerships for Problem-Solving
Laura Mosqueda, M.D., UC Irvine

Caregiver Stress Management in Alzheimer’s Disease
Richard Schulz, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh

Ask the Doc: An Interactive Discussion
Frank LaFerla, Ph.D., UC Irvine – Moderator
Adam Boxer, M.D., UC San Francisco
Maria L. Gorno-Tempini, M.D., Ph.D., UC San Francisco
Mario Mendez, M.D., Ph.D., UC Los Angeles
Laura Mosqueda, M.D., UC Irvine
Aimee Pierce, M.D., UC Irvine
Lon Schneider, M.D., University of Southern California
Richard Schulz, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Daniel Sewell, M.D., UC San Diego