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Message from the Director

By September 22, 2010In the News

Thank you for visiting the webpage of The Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders. Your visit indicates a desire to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and I hope you find this site useful and that it provides the information you are seeking.

Right now, over 5.2 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, including over 500,000 individuals in California and 30,000 in Orange County. Even more alarmingly, unless a way is found to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease, it is estimated that over 11 million people will suffer from this insidious disorder by the year 2050.

The Institute is an organized research unit dedicated to investigating the causes of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and to improving the quality of life and promoting successful aging. Our vision for The Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders is to develop approaches for lessening the impact of memory related disorders. Tackling these complex issues requires a multi-disciplinary approach, which is reflected in the diversity of our faculty, who have primary appointments in the School of Biological Sciences, Computing Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Nursing Sciences, and Social Sciences.

In the short time I have served as director of the Institute, I have been most impressed by the dedication and commitment of our faculty and staff. I look forward to working closely with them as we strive for a world without Alzheimer’s disease.


Frank M. LaFerla, Ph.D.

Chancellor’s Professor of Neurobiology and Behavior

Director, Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders