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Distance language intervention helps adolescents with disabilities communicate

April 27, 2016

Sean Sawicki, who has fragile X syndrome, can be hard to understand and doesn’t always have the attention span to carry on a sustained conversation. But a novel intervention developed by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers seems to be making a difference.

UC Davis MIND Institute joins SPARK, nation's largest autism research study

April 21, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute in Sacramento, Calif. today helped launch SPARK, an online research initiative designed to become the largest autism study ever undertaken in the United States. Sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI), SPARK will collect information and DNA for genetic analysis from 50,000 individuals with autism — and their families — to advance our understanding of the causes of this condition and to hasten the discovery of supports and treatments. [español]

UC Davis Health System NIA-funded research centers discuss diversity, disparities and cognitive aging

April 5, 2016

The National Institute on Aging (NIA)-funded UC Davis Latino Aging Research Resource Center (LARRC) and Alzheimer’s Disease Center hosted an all-day conference on March 16, 2016 on “Cognitive Aging and Diversity: Progress and Future Challenges." The conference highlighted NIA-funded research in Northern California associated with UC Davis and UC San Francisco, and brought together leading national experts from across the country. Approximately 80 participants attended.

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Hispanics with dementia receive antipsychotic medications at twice the rate of non-Hispanics

March 24, 2016

Antipsychotic medications are prescribed to Hispanics with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias at higher rates than non-Hispanic whites, for dementia-related mental-health symptoms such as depression, anxiety and aggression, a UC Davis study conducted using data from a large and diverse population of elderly dementia patients has found.

Human stem cells target Huntington's disease

March 15, 2016

In a promising finding for research into Huntington’s disease (HD) — the devastating inherited neurodegenerative disorder — a team of UC Davis investigators has identified for the first time a way to use human mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) to deliver the key brain protein growth factor that is dramatically diminished by Huntington’s disease.

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How the brain handles teleportation

February 25, 2016

Technology may not have caught up to the teleportation devices of science fiction, but now we have some idea of how the brain handles “beaming up” from one location to another, thanks to research by neuroscientists at the University of California, Davis, involving some specially wired volunteers.

This is your brain on exercise

February 23, 2016

People who exercise have better mental fitness, and a new imaging study from UC Davis Health System shows why. Intense exercise increases levels of two common neurotransmitters — glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid, or GABA — that are responsible for chemical messaging within the brain.

UC Davis MIND Institute to host documentary film and panel at Davis Senior Center

February 22, 2016

The UC Davis MIND Institute, in partnership with Lynn and Keith Volkerts and the George and Lena Valente Foundation, will host an “Afternoon of Discovery and Discussion” on Sunday, March 6.

UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series features renowned neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth

February 8, 2016

Neuroscientist Karl Deisseroth, the D.H. Chen Professor of Bioengineering and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, will discuss “Illuminating the Brain in Health and Disease” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 4:30 p.m.

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American Academy of Neurology recognizes UC Davis Huntington's disease researcher

January 13, 2016

UC Davis’ leadership in Huntington’s disease research received another boost recently when Kyle Fink, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Regenerative Cures, was recognized by the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) for the cutting-edge research findings in gene editing that he presented at the 2015 Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting.  

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Immunology expert to discuss the role of T cells in brain health

December 30, 2015

Jonathan Kipnis, director of the Center for Brain Immunology and Glia (BIG) at the University of Virginia, will discuss “The Brain’s Lymphatic System and Behavior” during the next UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation on Wednesday, Jan. 13, at 4:30 p.m.

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UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Caregiver's Workshop to Address Having Alzheimer's Disease with Dignity

October 23, 2015

Jason Karlawish, professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will offer his insights on “Having Alzheimer’s Disease with Dignity” during the 2015 UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Engagement Series Lecture on Saturday, Nov. 7, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the UC Davis MIND Institute, 2825 50th St., Sacramento.

UC Davis granted $15.5 million to build world's first total-body PET scanner

October 6, 2015

A UC Davis research team has been awarded $15.5 million to build the world’s first total-body positron emission tomography (PET) scanner, which could fundamentally change the way cancers are tracked and treated and put the university on the nation’s leading edge of molecular imaging.

What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's Disease topic of October lecture

October 6, 2015

Monique Breteler, director of Population Health Sciences at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases, will address “What You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease,” during the October UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center 2015 Distinguished Lecture.

Public Forum: Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury through the Lifespan, Oct. 21

October 5, 2015

Concussions — occurring from impacts to the head on the sports field, battlefield, or in an automobile or other accident — are the subject of a two-hour event featuring a multidisciplinary group of UC Davis physicians conducting leading-edge research to identify and treat traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and their long-term aftermath, dementia.

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Maselli, UC Davis neurology researcher, receives $300,000 grant from Muscular Dystrophy Association

September 21, 2015

Ricardo A. Maselli, UC Davis professor of neurology, has received a $300,000 grant from the Muscular Dystrophy Association to test the use of stem cells as a vehicle for delivering ColQ, which is a protein that is deficient in a severe form of Congenital Myasthenic Syndrome.

Low vitamin D among the elderly is associated with significant decline in cognition, dementia

September 14, 2015

Vitamin D insufficiency among the elderly is highly correlated with accelerated cognitive decline and impaired performance, particularly in domains such as memory loss that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Rutgers University have found. [en español] [中文 Chinese]

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UC Davis researchers receive $5.4 million grant to study new tool to evaluate early-stage Alzheimer's

August 31, 2015

Alzheimer’s researchers at UC Davis and UC San Diego have launched a new study which aims to detect the earliest stages of cognitive dysfunction in people with pre-clinical Alzheimer’s disease by using event-related brain potentials (ERPs).

UC Davis ALS Multidisciplinary Clinic takes up the ALS ice-bucket challenge

August 18, 2015

Hardy souls from the UC Davis Multidisciplinary ALS Clinic will take up the cause to raise funds for the ALS Association on Wednesday, Aug. 19, during the ALS ice-bucket challenge — a dousing with ice-cold water that is a call to action to donate to a cure for ALS.

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UC Davis offers stroke-prevention alternative for patients with atrial fibrillation

July 29, 2015

Cardiologists at UC Davis are the first in Northern California to treat the major risk of stroke that comes with atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common form of arrhythmia, with a device that blocks blood clots from traveling from the heart to the head.

One of America's top hospitals

July 21, 2015

UC Davis medical Center has again ranked as one of the best hospitals in the U.S. for 2015-16 in 10 adult medical specialties by U.S. News & World Report.

UC Davis Alzheimer's researchers at core of leading-edge dementia discoveries

July 16, 2015

Imaging the brain, collecting clinical measurements and biological specimens, and generating an unprecedented volume of data for more than 1,700 participants, the groundbreaking Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) has painted a detailed picture of the brain’s progression from cognitive impairment to Alzheimer’s disease, often over many years, demonstrating that while amyloid brain deposits are a leading factor in dementia, there is considerable heterogeneity in cognitive decline in aging.

Lecture to address reducing the risk of falls and related injuries among the elderly

July 14, 2015

Falls, the leading cause of non-fatal and fatal injuries and a leading cause of death among the elderly, will be the topic of the July UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center Community Discovery Series lecture. The speaker will be Christy Adams, UC Davis Health System Trauma Prevention and Outreach Program coordinator.

Rogawski receives 2015 Neuroendocrine Research Award from the American Academy of Neurology

July 9, 2015

Michael Rogawski, professor of neurology at UC Davis, recently was awarded the 2015 Neuroendocrine Research Award at the 67th Annual American Academy of Neurology meeting in Washington, D.C.

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UC Davis awards $1 million for brain research

June 24, 2015

UC Davis is stimulating innovative, collaborative brain research with a new program offering funding for projects with strong potential to lead to impactful discoveries.

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UC Davis tests deep brain stimulation as a treatment for cognitive changes in Parkinson's

May 12, 2015

Surgeons at UC Davis Health System are testing an innovative method of limiting cognitive decline in patients with Parkinson’s disease. The treatment — deep brain stimulation, or DBS — involves delivering low levels of electrical stimulation to a part of the brain that controls the abilities to think, plan and remember.

Drug, Device Discovery and Development initiative moves forward

May 11, 2015

On April 15, 2015, three UC Davis leaders in research joined more than forty scientists from across the University of California (UC) system and representatives from the biomedical industry to discuss plans for strengthening UC’s position in drug, device and diagnostics development.