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MIND Matters | Quarterly Newsletter | Spring 2020

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19, In the News

Message from the Director   Dear Friends of UCI MIND, Since writing my last message for our Winter 2020 issue, we have all had our worlds turned upside down by COVID-19. At UCI MIND, we have faced challenges and have had to temporarily adapt our research programs. But, I know these challenges pale in comparison to those faced by members of our community. I’m especially concerned about the additional challenges faced by caregivers of people living with dementia, as well as the social isolation physical distancing can bring to older people who are living alone. We are eager to help…

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VIDEO: Lecture on COVID-19 and Contact Tracing with Faculty Member, Karen Edwards

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19

Dr. Karen Edwards is Professor and Chair of the UCI Department of Epidemiology. Her primary research focus is in genetic epidemiology and the use of multivariate approaches to define phenotypes for complex diseases. Dr. Edwards’ genetic epidemiology research covers a broad range of conditions, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, melanoma and Parkinson’s Disease. She also studies interactions between environmental factors (particularly diet) and genetic susceptibility (Gene x environment interactions) and several interdisciplinary projects that focus on the ethical, legal or social implications of genomics and applications to clinical and public health practice. Dr. Edwards received a MS in Nutrition…

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Disease Detectives: COVID-19 and Contact Tracing Webinar

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19

Hear UCI MIND faculty member and Chair of the UCI Department of Epidemiology, Dr. Karen Edwards, lecture on “Disease Detectives: COVID-19 and Contact Tracing” this Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:30 PM. Register here > About Dr. Edwards: Dr. Karen Edwards is Professor and Chair of the UCI Department of Epidemiology. Her primary research focus is in genetic epidemiology and the use of multivariate approaches to define phenotypes for complex diseases. Dr. Edwards’ genetic epidemiology research covers a broad range of conditions, including diabetes, metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, melanoma and Parkinson’s Disease. She also studies interactions between environmental factors (particularly…

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Racing to deliver COVID-19 testing

By Commentary, Community Events, In the News

  Read how through the efforts of the UC Irvine Health team, under the leadership of UCI MIND Faculty Member, Dr. Edwin Monuki, the medical center became the first hospital in Orange County to provide in-house COVID-19 testing on March 19 – more than two weeks ahead of schedule. http://www.ucihealth.org/…/racing-to-deliver-covid19-testing Dr. Monuki recently commented on antibody testing for the UCI MIND Blog and will participate in a virtual panel discussion tonight, May 14 at 7 PM PST. Click HERE to register.

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Virtual COVID-19 Panel: UCI Experts Discuss the Pandemic

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19

The Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy and the Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center have partnered to host a virtual panel of experts discussing COVID-19. The event takes place Thursday, May 14, from 7 to 8 p.m.  Four experts, including UCI MIND faculty member Dr. Ed Monuki, will address the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Monuki recently blogged about the state of antibody testing. Hear more on this topic at the virtual panel. Register here. It will be streamed on Facebook at facebook.com/UCIStemCell and on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Pau-eWPE0RY. For further information, contact Judy Baek at Judy.baek@uci.edu

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UCI Launches ASSIST Program for Isolated Seniors

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19

UCI has launched the ASSIST Program – Assisting & Serving Socially Isolated Seniors via Telephone.  UCI medical and nursing students who have been mobilized received the program training, and are ready to be paired with older adult participants who would like to receive regular check-ins via telephone just to chat and/or to receive referrals to community resources during this difficult time while they are self-isolating. The flyer is linked here and provided below. If interested, please call: (714) 497-0315.  

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Lunchtime Laughter for Alzheimer’s Caregivers

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19

We could all use a laugh in these uncertain times. If you’re a person with Alzheimer’s disease, a family member, or caregiver, you can join LaughterOnCall for their virtual Lunchtime Laughter meetings, Monday-Friday at 12 PM PST. This webinar offers a light-hearted, engaging way to laugh and cope with feelings of isolation that can come from social distancing.    To register, visit https://zoom.us/meeting/register/uZEtdemurzIq_pN_HCQ7TY2I8cpa4NsoGQ OR e-mail info@laughteroncall.com to sign up. LaughterOnCall may record these meetings for quality purposes.

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Focus on Aging: Federal Partners’ Webinar Series

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19

We’re pleased to announce the “Focus on Aging” webinar series with the Administration for Community Living, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, and the National Institute on Aging. The first webinar, “Supporting Older Adults in Emergencies: Preparedness, Response, and Recovery” will be held May 13 at 1:30-3:00 p.m. ET. Register today! https://www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers/focus-aging-federal-partners-webinar-series   A message from: Nina Silverberg, PhD Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program Division of Neuroscience National Institute on Aging National Institutes of Health

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Alzheimer’s disease, clinical trials, & COVID-19: Q&A with Dr. Daniel Gillen

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19

Alzheimer’s disease, clinical trials, and COVID-19 Join UCI MIND for a live Q&A on Facebook with Dr. Daniel Gillen, Professor and Chair of Statistics at UC Irvine, this Friday, May 1st at 11:00-11:30 AM PST. About the Speaker: Daniel Gillen received his PhD in Biostatistics from the University of Washington and leads the Data Management and Statistics Core for UCI MIND’s NIH-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. He is an elected fellow of the American Statistical Association and widely recognized for his work in the design and analysis of clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other health conditions. Dr. Gillen serves…

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Join the CA Dept. of Aging on April 22 for a Caring for Family & Friends Check-In Call

By Commentary, Community Events, COVID-19, In the News

A message from the CA Department of Aging: Join us April 22 for a Caring for Family & Friends Check-In Call: Caregiving from Afar Are You Caring for Family or Friends from Afar During COVID-19? Whether you are providing support to an older person across town, across the country, or in a Nursing Home or Residential Care Facility, COVID-19 guidelines have presented new challenges and concerns. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to connect with caregiving experts! Wednesday, April 22th, at 1pm the California Department of Aging (https://aging.ca.gov) and the Alzheimer’s Association (https://www.alz.org) will host their 2nd of a…

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Learn the latest in Alzheimer’s research from your home

By Commentary, Community Events

Did you know UCI MIND keeps a comprehensive archive of educational videos on our YouTube channel? View past Distinguished Lectures on the Brain, Q&A with experts on topics such as sleep, medications, and brain scans, past Research Conferences, and more.   Featured video: Dr. Reisa Sperling, Director of the Center for Alzheimer’s Research & Treatment at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, delivers the 2020 UCI MIND Distinguished Lecture on the Brain, “Can we detect and treat Alzheimer’s disease a decade before dementia? (And why we must!)”

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Public Perception of Dementia Risk and Risk Reduction

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Contributed by Chelsea Cox, MPH, MSW, Associate Director of Education In a recent study, researchers at the University of Michigan analyzed survey responses from over 1,000 adults age 50 to 64 to learn about their perceived risk for developing dementia and any actions they take to reduce their own risk. The study found that more than half of respondents believed they were not likely to develop dementia, with this outlook being more common in non-Hispanic blacks who are, in fact, at a greater risk of developing dementia than non-Hispanic whites. The vast majority of respondents reported having never discussed risk…

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Will I get Alzheimer’s if I live long enough?

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Tune in this Friday, November 1 @ 9AM for the next episode of our monthly Facebook LIVE series, “Will I get Alzheimer’s if I live long enough?” This month, we’re joined by Maria Corrada, ScM, ScD, Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology in the UCI School of Medicine. Dr. Corrada received a masters in Biostatistics and a doctorate in Epidemiology from Johns Hopkins University. She currently serves as co-principal investigator of The 90+ Study, a longitudinal study of aging and dementia in over 1,800 people aged 90 years and older, and Life After 90, a multiethnic cohort of people 90 and older in Northern California. Dr. Corrada’s research focuses…

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When should I see a doctor about memory concerns?

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Tune in this Friday, October 4 @ 9AM for the next episode of our monthly Facebook LIVE series, “When should I see a doctor about memory concerns?” This month, we’re joined by Malcolm Dick, PhD. Dr. Dick has served as an Alzheimer’s disease researcher and clinician at UCI since earning his doctorate from University of South Carolina in 1984. He is a highly respected neuropsychologist among his colleagues and the patients and families he serves. Throughout his tenure, Dr. Dick has participated on 24 clinical trials, mentored 54 trainees, presented hundreds of lectures, and published numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Dick has dedicated his life’s work…

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Learn about the 30th annual conference panel

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Learn about the 30th annual conference panel in today’s #SpeakerSpotlight: Moderated by UCI MIND Director Joshua Grill, a diverse panel of stakeholders will provide their unique perspective on challenges and successes in Alzheimer’s disease research and what they anticipate for the future of the field. Panelists include a research participant, a family caregiver, and clinicians and scientists from University of California, Irvine: Dr. Lisa Gibbs is a Clinical Professor of Family Medicine and Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology at UCI School of Medicine. She also serves as Medical Director of the UC Irvine HealthSeniorHealth Center in Orange…

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Join us for a complimentary dinner and educational speaker at Villagio!

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ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE & DEMENTIA Wednesday, September 25th at 6:00PM Villagio at Capriana (454 S La Floresta Drive, Brea, CA 92823) Join us for a complimentary dinner and educational speaker at Villagio! William Edwards from UCI MIND will provide education on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, risk and protective factors, and advances in research. Kindly RSVP to 714.985.5500 by September 23rd, as space is limited. About the Speaker: William Edwards was an Alzheimer’s caregiver for his wife, Nancy, for 12 years and now serves on the Leadership Council and Speakers Bureau for UCI MIND to help raise awareness and support for critical…

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What lifestyle factors increase and decrease risk for Alzheimer’s disease?

By Commentary, Community Events

What lifestyle factors increase and decrease risk for Alzheimer’s disease? October 25th Research Conference #SpeakerSpotlight: Dr. Rebecca Gottesman is a board-certified Neurologist and Professor of Neurology and Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins University. Her research focuses on the short-term and long-term cognitive effects of heart disease and stroke. She uses a combination of clinical studies in patients and epidemiological studies to evaluate the impact of heart disease on the brain. In the session, “Risk and Prevention Across the Lifespan,” Dr. Gottesman will discuss the link between heart health and brain health and identify lifestyle factors that increase and decrease risk for…

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How can “smart” technology be used to detect cognitive problems?

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How can “smart” technology be used to detect cognitive problems? October 25th Research Conference #SpeakerSpotlight: Dr. Rhoda Au is a Professor of Anatomy & Neurobiology, Neurology and Epidemiology at Boston University and has served as an investigator on the Framingham Heart Study since 1990, conducting research related to cognitive aging and dementia. Dr. Au’s research focuses on a how “bigdata” analytics can better inform our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. In the session, “Detection in the Digital Era,” Dr. Au will discuss how innovative technology can be used to track cognitive performance in older adults. Attendees will learn how digital technologies…

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How are brain scans improving our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease?

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How are brain scans improving our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease? October 25th Research Conference #SpeakerSpotlight: Dr. William Jagust is a Professor of Public Health and Neuroscience at UC Berkeley and heads the national Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative’s (ADNI) Core Laboratory for PET imaging. His laboratory was the first to describe Alzheimer’s-related hippocampal atrophy quantified with MRI and has continued to pioneer approaches using brain imaging to improve understanding of aging and dementia. In the session “Brain Scans and Biomarkers,” Dr. Jagust will describe how brain imaging has helped advance the field and discuss the strengths and challenges of brain scan…

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What have researchers learned from brain donations?

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Tune in this Friday, September 6 @ 9AM for the next episode of our monthly Facebook LIVE series, “What have researchers learned from brain donations?” This month, we’re joined by Edwin Monuki, MD, PhD. Dr. Monuki is a neuropathologist, meaning he specializes in the diagnosis of brain diseases by examining post-mortem tissue. His research aims to improve understanding of an understudied brain tissue known as the choroid plexus in an effort to develop potential new therapies for brain diseases, such as Alzheimer’s. Dr. Monuki earned his medical and doctoral degrees from UC San Diego and currently serves as Professor and…

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How are donated human brains used to study Alzheimer’s disease?

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How are donated human brains used to study Alzheimer’s disease? October 25th Research Conference #SpeakerSpotlight: Dr. Julie Schneider is a board-certified Geriatric Neurologist and Neuropathologist, Professor of Pathology and Neurological Sciences at Rush University, and Associate Director of the Rush Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Dr. Schneider’s research focuses on linking pathology with risk factors and brain imaging to improve understanding of cognitive aging and dementia. Brain donation has been an invaluable resource for researchers to better understand the causes of and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. In the session, “Gifted Brains Yield Priceless Gains,” Dr. Schneider will discuss…

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Summer 2019 MIND Matters Newsletter

By Commentary, Community Events, In the News

In this issue of MIND Matters: UCI MIND Scientists Discover Exercise Can Reprogram Genes Welcome, New Faculty & Staff New FDA Black Box Warning for Insomnia Medications Announcing the 10th Annual UCI MIND Gala Honorees… And more! Download Newsletter >   Upcoming Events:   Facebook LIVE Q&A Series: “What have researchers learned from brain donations?” Friday, September 6  |  9:00-9:30 am |  UCI MIND Facebook Page Follow @UCIrvineMIND to receive notifications when we go LIVE Live online Q&A with Edwin Monuki, MD, PhD, Professor and Warren L. Bostick Chair of Pathology in the UCI School of Medicine.  Attend the video live on our Facebook page or view archived…

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How is Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed?

By Community Events

How is Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed? October 25th Research Conference #SpeakerSpotlight: Dr. David Sultzer is a board-certified Geriatric Psychiatrist and Professor of Psychiatry & Human Behavior at UCI School of Medicine. After more than 20 years at UCLA and the West Los Angeles VA Hospital, Dr. Sultzer recently joined the team at UCI MIND and leads its clinical research operations, including clinical trials for new treatments. He is internationally recognized for his research activities to better understand the phenomenology, pathophysiology, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. In the session “Advances in Clinical Diagnosis,” Dr. Sultzer will explain how doctors arrive at a…

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How and why are mice used to study Alzheimer’s disease?

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How and why are mice used to study Alzheimer’s disease? October 25th Research Conference #SpeakerSpotlight: Dr. Frank LaFerla is a Chancellor’s Professor and the Dean of the UCI School of Biological Sciences. He served as Director of UCI MIND from 2009-2018 and continues to lead its NIH-designated Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Dean LaFerla invented the first mouse model to develop amyloid plaques and neurofibrillary tangles, leading to significant advances in our understanding of Alzheimer’s disease. In his presentation, Dean LaFerla will address how mouse models are used to study the disease, challenges with current models, and efforts toward new and…

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Dr. Craig Stark Comments for Science Magazine

By Carousel Slider, Commentary, Community Events, In the News

UCI MIND faculty member, Craig Stark, PhD was recently quoted in Science Magazine discussing the critical role scientists play in helping improve society. The article focuses on a push to better understand the science behind addiction, and how scientists are spreading evidence-based treatment knowledge through regional and national seminars. By regularly hosting seminars to gather scientific and legal experts, researchers can better inform the criminal justice system on how to improve substance abuse recovery rates in the incarcerated population. Dr. Stark, a neurobiologist who specializes in brain imaging at UCI, has presented at dozens of these legal seminars, speaking on…

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