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April 2014arrow

Your aging genes: What you need to know about your risk for dementia

April 15, 2014

UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Director Charles DeCarli will discuss “Your aging genes: What you need to know about your risk for dementia” during the Community Discovery Lecture Series on Thursday, May 8 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

March 2014arrow

April Minds Behind the MIND features updates on autism research, treatment

March 28, 2014

Internationally respected autism researchers Sally J. Rogers and Judy Van de Water will provide updates on clinical and research advances in autism spectrum disorder on Wednesday, April 16 during the Autism Awareness Month Minds Behind the MIND presentation.

Alzheimer's Disease Center to hold 6th Annual African-American Caregiving and Wellness Forum

March 25, 2014

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold the 6th Annual African-American Caregiving and Wellness Forum, Saturday, April 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the North Oakland Senior Center, 5714 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way, Oakland. The event is being held in conjunction with the Alzheimer's Association and Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson. The forum is intended for caregivers who support individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

UC Davis MIND Institute joins ranks of elite U.S. neurodevelopmental centers

March 11, 2014

The UC Davis MIND Institute has been named an Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC), through a prestigious grant from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health — a distinction held by only a handful of neurodevelopmental centers nationwide committed to the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and amelioration of developmental disorders such as autism, fragile X syndrome and Down syndrome.

February 2014arrow

Recent advances in clinical trials research for Alzheimer's

February 10, 2014

Professor of Neurology John Olichney will provide an update on recent advances in clinical trials research for Alzheimer’s disease during the next UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2014 Community Discovery Lecture Series presentation. The event will be held on Thursday, March 6, in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. [en español]

December 2013arrow

High good and low bad cholesterol levels are healthy for the brain, too

December 30, 2013

High levels of “good” cholesterol and low levels of “bad” cholesterol are correlated with lower levels of the amyloid plaque deposition in the brain that is a hallmark of Alzheimer’s disease, in a pattern that mirrors the relationship between good and bad cholesterol in cardiovascular disease, UC Davis researchers have found. [en español]

November 2013arrow

Keeping Your Brain Healthy the subject of Alzheimer's Disease Center Community Discovery Lecture

November 21, 2013

Sarah Tomaszewski Farias, an associate professor of neurology, will discuss “Keeping Your Brain Healthy,” during the final lecture in the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2013 Community Discovery Lecture Series. The event will be held on Thursday, Dec. 5, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m at the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

October 2013arrow

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to hold Caregivers Workshop

October 29, 2013

As part of its 2013 community engagement series, the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center will hold a workshop for those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia. The Caregivers Workshop will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, from 8 a.m. to noon in the UC Davis MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

September 2013arrow

UC Davis researchers find how viral infection disrupts neural development in offspring, increasing risk of autism

September 19, 2013

Activating a mother’s immune system during her pregnancy disrupts the development of neural cells in the brain of her offspring and damages the cells' ability to transmit signals and communicate with one another, researchers with the Center for Neuroscience and Department of Neurology have found. The researchers said the finding suggests how maternal viral infection might increase the risk of having a child with autism spectrum disorder or schizophrenia.

Brain circuitry loss may be a very early sign of cognitive decline in healthy elderly people

September 9, 2013

The degeneration of a small, wishbone-shaped structure deep inside the brain may provide the earliest clues to future cognitive decline, long before healthy older people exhibit clinical symptoms of memory loss or dementia, a study by researchers at the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center has found.

Virtual reality and social training for autism study seeks participants

September 3, 2013

Using a virtual‐reality game, UC Davis researchers have begun to examine how children with high‐functioning autism learn in classroom settings, where social deficits can form obstacles to the engagement with teachers and classmates necessary for academic success. The study will examine their virtual classroom behavior and attention and compare it with that of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and those with typical development.

August 2013arrow

UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center to hold sixth annual Spanish Mini-Medical School

August 9, 2013

UC Davis Health System will hold its sixth annual Spanish Mini-Medical School on Saturday, Sept. 7, at the UC Davis MIND Institute from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The event was sponsored by the health system’s Alzheimer’s Disease Center, Center for Healthy Aging, Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Clinical and Translational Science Center. [en español]

July 2013arrow

A new weapon against stroke

July 23, 2013

One of regenerative medicine’s greatest goals is to develop new treatments for stroke. So far, stem cell research for the disease has focused on developing therapeutic neurons — the primary movers of electrical impulses in the brain — to repair tissue damaged when oxygen to the brain is limited by a blood clot or break in a vessel. New UC Davis research, however, shows that other cells may be better suited for the task. [ 中文 (Chinese)] [en español]

June 2013arrow

A second amyloid may play a role in Alzheimer's disease, UC Davis researchers find

June 27, 2013

A protein secreted with insulin travels through the bloodstream and accumulates in the brains of individuals with type 2 diabetes and dementia, in the same manner as the amyloid beta (Αβ) plaques that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease, a study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has found. [en español or 中文 Chinese]

May 2013arrow

First UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center distinguished lecture to explore artistry in dementia

May 7, 2013

“Portraits of Artists with Dementia” is the topic of the first UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Distinguished Lecture, to be presented by Bruce L. Miller, director of the UC San Francisco Memory and Aging Center, on Thursday, May 23. The lecture will be presented from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento. The discussion is free and open to the public; no reservations are required.