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7th Annual UCI MIND Gala Tickets Released

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Reserve tickets today for the 7th Annual UCI MIND Gala, A December to Remember, on December 3rd at the Balboa Bay Resort in Newport Beach! Toast the holidays with an elegant evening of dining, dancing, and philanthropy that will have a lasting impact. All proceeds will support Alzheimer's research at UCI MIND, OC's only state and federally funded Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. Tickets & Event Information>                  
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The UCI Consent 2 Contact Registry

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Research is the key to finding treatments and cures for Alzheimer’s disease and other urgent health problems. If you or someone you know is interested in helping researchers at UCI find cures faster, check out our new online potential participant registry, Consent 2 Contact (C2C)!  c2c.uci.edu    
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Investigational antibody treatment yields exciting though preliminary results

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September 1, 2016 Nature   A paper published August 31 in Nature, describes that Biogen Idec’s candidate treatment, aducanumab, reduced amyloid-β in the brains of patients with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease. Patients receiving the highest doses of the medicine in the Phase IB trial had the largest reductions in brain amyloid and also declined the least in clinical assessments.  These are promising results that will require replication in larger clinical trials, which have recently launched, including at UCI MIND. Read the Nature news article about the study here.
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Featured Conference Topic: The Oldest Old, 90+

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The EARLYBIRD deadline for the research conference is quickly approaching! Register online before September 9 and SAVE! What allows people to live to age 90 and beyond? How does memory loss affect those in their 90’s? How do people remain #dementia-free into their 90’s? The 90+ Study at UCI MIND seeks to address these questions by longitudinally following the oldest-old members of our community, now the fastest growing age group in the U.S. Learn more about this exciting topic with Dr. Maria Corrada-Bravo, Co-Principal Investigator for The 90+ Study, at our upcoming research conference on Friday, September 30 in Irvine.  …
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Sept 30 Research Conference – Featured Topic: Head Trauma

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(www.raiznerlaw.com) According to the New York Times, the NFL has stated in federal court documents that, “it expects nearly a third of retired players to develop long-term cognitive problems and that the conditions are likely to emerge at ‘notably younger ages’ than in the general population.” Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) is a progressive degenerative disease found in people with repetitive brain trauma, such as athletes like football players and boxers. Repetitive brain trauma can cause an abnormal tau protein to accumulate and kill brain cells, even years after trauma stops. Learn more about the association between head trauma and dementia with Dr.…
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Sept 30 Research Conference – Featured Topic: Caregiver Panel

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Caring for a loved one with dementia poses unique challenges based on the specific diagnosis. Dr. Jill Shapira, a researcher and practitioner in the field of dementia caregiving, will moderate a diverse panel of dementia caregivers, including the wife of a husband with Lewy body dementia, the wife of a husband with frontotemporal dementia, the mother of a daughter with Down syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease, and the daughter of a parent with Alzheimer’s disease. Do not miss this invaluable discussion with the real experts, the caregivers who live the reality of managing dementia everyday, at our upcoming research conference. Friday,…
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Sept 30 Research Conference – Featured Topic: Lewy Body Dementia

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(Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Images) The brain autopsy of Robin Williams showed signs of diffuse Lewy body disease, a dementia that affects 1.4 million Americans and their families, according to the Lewy Body Dementia Association. Lewy body dementia (LBD) can closely resemble and overlap with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s making it widely underdiagnosed.  Some patients start out with a movement disorder leading to a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, then develop dementia and other symptoms of LBD.  Others present with cognitive dysfunction that may look like Alzheimer’s initially, but with time, hallucinations, motor impairments and fluctuating attention appear.  A third smaller group present first with…
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Sept 30 Research Conference – Featured Topic: Frontotemporal Dementia

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Did you know that frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is more common than Alzheimer’s disease in people younger than 60 years old? FTD is a cluster of progressive, degenerative brain diseases that result in significant behavior and personality changes, typically before symptoms of memory loss occur. Learn more about FTD with Dr. Howard Rosen from UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center at our upcoming research conference on Friday, September 30 in Irvine. Register online before September 9 and SAVE!    
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University of California announces UCI as a recipient of UC Cures for Alzheimer’s Disease award

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UC Office of the President July 25, 2016 University of California announces UCI team, led by UCI MIND co-director Dr. Joshua Grill, as a recipient of the UC Cures for Alzheimer’s award. Read more..."Joshua Grill, associate professor in the department of psychiatry and human behavior at UC Irvine, will lead a team to study the effects of high doses of vitamin nicotinamide in reducing tau phosphorylation in patients with Alzheimer’s disease..."
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Tune into SiriusXM on Monday to learn about the latest findings from The 90+ Study

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July 22, 2016 The latest findings from The 90+ Study were recently published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (JAGS) by UCI MIND's Szofia Bullain MD, Maria Corrada ScD, Shawna Perry MS, and Claudia Kawas MD.  Dr. Bullain will be discussing the article and its findings on Doctor Radio, SiriusXM channel 110 from 2:00-2:30pm PT Monday, July 25.  Don't miss this exciting update! Don't have a subscription to SiriusXM?  Sign up for a free 30-day online pass  and listen online. The show will also be posted here ~48 hours after the show. Read the full paper here.  
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Registration now OPEN for the 27th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference

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UCI MIND & Alzheimer's Orange County are excited to announce the 27th Annual Southern California Alzheimer's Disease Research Conference!  Nationally-renowned experts will address the latest advances in Alzheimer’s and dementia research across unique populations, such as victims of head trauma and people living with Down syndrome.  Join over 400 community members, clinicians, researchers, students, service providers, and caregivers on September 30, 2016 at the Irvine Marriott Hotel. Continuing education credits and discounted student rates are available.  Register online today!
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Dr. Joshua Grill serves as expert for Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry

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"Dear Dr. Grill, My Mom is interested in taking part in a “transparent” preclinical trial on Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the study, she would undergo Positron Emission Tomography, also called a PET scan. Because this is a transparent study, I understand she’ll receive the results of this PET scan. What kind of support should I seek for my Mom if the results show she has amyloid in her brain, a biomarker for Alzheimer’s? Are transparent studies becoming more common for Alzheimer’s disease?" Read Dr. Grill's response here>
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Dr. Joshua Grill serves as expert for Alzheimer’s Prevention Registry

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"Dear Dr. Grill, My Mom is interested in taking part in a “transparent” preclinical trial on Alzheimer’s disease. As part of the study, she would undergo Positron Emission Tomography, also called a PET scan. Because this is a transparent study, I understand she’ll receive the results of this PET scan. What kind of support should I seek for my Mom if the results show she has amyloid in her brain, a biomarker for Alzheimer’s? Are transparent studies becoming more common for Alzheimer’s disease?" Read Dr. Grill's response here>
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Summitt’s legacy & the need for better care

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Washington Post "I believe that Pat died to demonstrate that the day in, day out way we treat people with cognitive decline has to get better. You’d like to think that Pat got the kind of generous, sensitive care that she gave to others. But the fact is, she didn’t always, for the simple reason that not enough of that care exists. We can do something about that."   more>
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Event Next Tuesday: A4 Study Information Session- RSVP Today!

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Join UCI MIND next Tuesday, July 12, to learn about healthy brain aging and Alzheimer's disease prevention, including a monumental new clinical study.  Email kleinkm@uci.edu if you would like to register yourself and others.  Space and time are limited, so act today!   What: A4 Study Information Session When: July 12, 2016 from 10:00-11:00 AM Where: Vivante, 1640 Monrovia Ave, Costa Mesa, CA 92627   more>    
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The 90+ Study team awarded the 2016 Interdisciplinary Team Science Award

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Congratulations to The 90+ Study team on receiving the 2016 Robert Newcomb Interdisciplinary Team Science Award from the UCI Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (ICTS).  This award was established to highlight and honor individuals who have played a formative role in bringing together teams of researchers from diverse, trans-, multi-, and interdisciplinary backgrounds in studies and projects that have advanced biomedical and clinical research. Click here to learn more about The 90+ Study.
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Billie Greer, President, Southern California Leadership Council, blogs about Alzheimer’s disease after her attendance at UCI event

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Public Policy Advisor Thursday, April 28, 2016 "Are you 65 years old?  If so, your risk of getting Alzheimer’s is 1 in 20.  70 years old – 1 in 10.  At 75 years, it narrows to 1 in 5.  Frightening – you bet! The extent of this devastating disease is monumental. Alzheimer’s is the 6thleading cause of death in the nation and the only killer in the top 10 with no disease-modifying drugs nor cure." read more >
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Alzheimer’s disease: ‘A really humbling experience’

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Bill Edwards, UCI MIND Leadership Council member and Alzheimer's disease advocate, shares his family's story with UC Irvine Health: Nancy Edwards never met a stranger. “To her, you were a friend she hadn’t made yet,” her daughter Heather remembers. When her personality began to change in 2003, however, the family became concerned. “Her personality got very argumentative. We didn’t know what was going on.” Read more
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New PBS Documentary “NOVA: Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped?”

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Premiers Wednesday, April 13 at 9 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) Alzheimer’s disease strikes at the core of what makes us human: our capacity to think, to love, and to remember. The disease ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide, and it is one of the greatest medical mysteries of our time. Join investigators as they gather clues and attempt to reconstruct the molecular chain of events that ultimately leads to dementia, and follow key researchers in the field who have helped to develop the leading theories of the disease. Along the way, meet individuals from all walks…
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Barclay Lecture Series with Dr. Laura D. Baker, April 19 at 7:30 p.m.

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Join us next month for our annual Barclay Lecture Series featuring Dr. Laura D. Baker, Associate Professor of Geriatric Medicine, Neurology, and Public Health at Wake Forest School of Medicine. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Baker has studied the effects of aerobic exercise on cognition and Alzheimer's disease progression, and she visits the Irvine Barclay Theatre on April 19th to deliver an exciting presentation titled, "Exercise for the Brain: Is it Worth the Sweat?" This lecture is free to the community and no reservations are required. For more information, contact Chelsea Cox, Education Coordinator, at (949) 824-9896.
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9th Annual UCLA Sleep CME Course

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Dr. Alon Avidan, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at UCLA, would like to invite clinicians and health care providers to attend the 9th Annual UCLA Sleep CME Course, "State-of-the-Art in Sleep Medicine."  The course will take place on Saturday, December 5, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Neuroscience Research Building Auditorium (NRB) on UCLA's campus. For more information and to register, click here. Course Description Physicians in all areas of medicine encounter patients who complain of disturbed sleep. The purpose of this course, the 9th in its series, is to provide clinicians with…
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Dr. Carl Cotman Featured on ABC7 at the 26th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Research Conference

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Study at UC Irvine to see if exercise can slow down Alzheimer's disease ABC7 - October 3, 2015 "We find that exercise promotes healthy brain aging and improves a person's cognitive function, and basically really makes the people feel better," said Dr. Carl Cotman with UC Irvine. … Cotman will begin recruiting 300 people to take part in the one-year study at UC Irvine. "We'll be looking at generally sedentary people that are willing to commit to that program that are basically 75 and older," said Cotman. full story >
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New UCI Dean Takes Aim at Alzheimer’s

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Orange County Register - September 9, 2015 Dr. Howard Federoff made international news last year after he led a team of researchers in designing a blood test that predicted the development of Alzheimer's disease with 90 percent accuracy. Federoff, 62, who was at Georgetown University at the time, plans to conduct the next phase of study from UC Irvine, where he recently started as vice chancellor of health affairs and dean of the medical school. full article >
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2015 Family Education Series

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2015 Family Education Series Topic: Advances in Dementia Treatment: Current and Future Medications   Time: Tuesday, June 9, 4:30 - 6:30 pm  Location: University Club on the University of California, Irvine Campus, 801 University Club, Irvine, CA 92697-5625 Limited Seating Available • Reservations Are Required  Register online at: http://familyedseries.eventbrite.com You may also RSVP at (949) 824-2382, press option 4, and leave a message.
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UCI MIND Hosts 20th Distinguished Lecture Series

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UCI MIND in partnership with the Center for Neurobiology of Learning & Memory is proud to host the 20th UC Irvine Distinguished Lecture Series on Brain, Learning and Memory Epigenetics: The Making and Unmaking of Powerful Memories Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 7:30PM Presented by University of California, Irvine professor, Marcelo Wood Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior, UCI School of Biological Sciences. The event is free to the public. No tickets or reservations are needed. Parking in the adjacent structure is $10.00. See information below for further details.  
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Leslie Thompson studies point to new targets for Huntington’s disease treatments

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UCI MIND’s Leslie Thompson has worked on Huntington’s disease for over two decades, and her group’s research has revealed extensive insights into the biological underpinnings of the disease. During the week of July 15, her laboratory adds to its impressive log of discoveries. Thompson is the lead author for studies appearing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Cell Reports that identify new and well-defined molecular targets for drugs that can treat the fatal neurodegenerative disease. In the journal Cell Reports, published on July 18, Thompson and colleagues identify how two proteins – SUMO-2 and PIAS1 –…
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Glen Campbell’s Daughter Urges Congress to Increase Funding for Alzheimer’s

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Ashley Campbell, daughter of singer Glen Campbell, who has Alzheimer's disease became tearful as she testified before Congress, urging increased support for research. "I think a person's life is comprised of memories, and that's exactly what Alzheimer's disease takes away from you," noted Ashley.  "Now when I play banjo with my dad, it's getting harder for him to follow along and it's getting harder for him to recall my name.  It's hard to come to the realization that someday my dad might look at me and I will be absolutely nothing to him."     To read the testimony of…
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Registration Open for Countdown to 2025: Progress on Ending Alzheimer’s Disease

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Register Now . . . for the 24th Annual Southern California Alzheimer’s Disease Conference, Countdown to 2025: Progress on Ending Alzheimer’s Disease, to be held on Friday, September 20, 2013 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa. America’s first National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease sets forth the goal of effectively preventing and treating this progressive neurodegenerative disorder by 2025. In the U.S., over 5.4 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease and a new case is diagnosed every 68 seconds. Unless significant progress is made, at least 13.8 million Americans will have Alzheimer’s disease by 2050, with a new case…
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Join us for the Time of Your Life 2013!

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To register for this event, CLICK HERE It's time to join us for the Time of Your Life! Saturday, June 22, 2013, 5:30-11:00 pm at The Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds! Tickets $250 per person. Learn what we have in store for you! Go to www.ucimindtimeofyourlife.org Toast your favorite holidays. Once you enter The Hangar, you will experience "virtual" celebrations of: Valentine’s Day Fall’s Halloween and Thanksgiving Winter Holidays at the Lodge And a Happy New Year’s Eve Countdown in the Big Apple. Guests will be surrounded by each holiday experience created by our generous partner, Elite OC Productions.  Last year, they took us back to the 1960s.  This year, we…
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Policy Makers Address Senior Transportation Needs at Town Hall

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Assemblyman Donald Wagner (L) and Mayor Al Murray (R) of Tustin listen to participants at a Town Hall hosted by the Orange County Aging Services Collaborative on Friday, April 12. Participants engaged in a lively discussion about various transportation options and challenges for seniors. Attendees learned how to better utilize local transportation options and voiced their concerns to transportation leaders in Orange County. Join the dialogue at the OCASC's next town hall forum, Living Through Your Silver Tsunami: Hot Topics in Senior Nutrition on May 10 at the Rodgers Senior Center in Huntington Beach. For more information visit: www.ocagingservicescollaborative.org.
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Take a “Cruise to Remember” in Support of UCI MIND

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Sunday, April 28, 9:30 AM You are invited to join us aboard the private 88' yacht, "The Last Hurrah," for the CRUISE TO REMEMBER Alzheimer's benefit event hosted by Betty's Foundation. This four-hour harbor cruise includes a continental breakfast, lunch, and beverages (coffee, water, soda, beer, and wine). Enjoy the sun and sights aboard this luxury yacht.  Passengers will also have an opportunity to participate in a silent auction.  For more information and photos of the yacht go to www.cruisetoremember.org. View from the upper deck of The Last Harrah   A donation of $75 per passenger is suggested and appreciated. …
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Join the Dialogue! Town Hall Series Addresses Critical Issues Facing OC Seniors

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A series of Town Halls hosted by the Orange County Aging Services Collaborative (OCASC) will address three major issues facing seniors: Transportation, Housing, and Nutrition.  Make a difference in the lives of Orange County seniors by joining the dialogue at these Town Halls and providing the input we need to improve availability of and access to senior friendly transportation, affordable housing options, and basic nutrition. Each of these Town Halls will feature expert speakers on the topic and allow for audience feedback during an interactive panel.  Input received via this public forum and a survey will be shared with local…
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UCI Brings Ask the Doc to Laguna Woods

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On May 29, 2013, the UCI Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders will offer its popular Ask the Doc forum at Laguna Woods Village. Date and Time: May 29, 2013 from 1-3 pm Location: Laguna Woods Village, Clubhouse 3, 23822 Avenida Sevilla, Laguna Woods, CA 92637 RSVP: Individuals who are not residents of Laguna Village must RSVP at (949) 824-2382, press option 4, and leave a message or email mpsoares@uci.edu Our  Ask the Doc flyer provides event details and directions. Ask the Doc forums take a unique approach to providing the community with the latest information about Alzheimer's disease…
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