July 19, 2016
UC Davis researchers have found a way to get MRI images of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and intellectual disability without sedating them first using the principles of applied behavior analysis.
July 18, 2016
Adding to its growing portfolio of important federal grants to address the needs of people with developmental disabilities, the UC Davis MIND Institute, in collaboration with California State University Sacramento, has been awarded $2.7 million, to be spent over five years, to train professionals and family members who care for people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
July 14, 2016
Physical exams conducted from the 1960s through the 1980s will be revisited to evaluate risks and protective factors in early and midlife that could affect brain health and dementia diagnoses among a large, ethnically diverse group of seniors. The Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research will partner with the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center for the study, which is funded with a five-year, $13 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.
MIND Institute researcher studies feasibility of community providers training parents of children with autism
June 22, 2016
Research has long shown that parent-implemented “naturalistic developmental behavioral interventions,” which are applied in a child’s usual setting and designed to build developmentally appropriate skills, help decrease the main symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, parent training by community providers had not previously been studied.
June 13, 2016
The Northern California Chapter of the Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) recently honored Teresa Tempkin, co-director of the HDSA Center of Excellence at UC Davis, for her nearly 18 years of service to patients with Huntington’s disease and their families in Sacramento and the nation. The honor was presented during the chapter’s annual convention, held at the UC Davis MIND Institute.
May 27, 2016
Grade school is an important period in children’s development, when they begin to mature and prepare to enter adolescence. Now, researchers with the UC Davis MIND Institute hope to discover how to maximize that growth among children with autism to help them learn and thrive.
May 26, 2016
UC Davis Medical Center has been recognized by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association for using evidence-based guidelines that improve care and quality of life for stroke patients.
May 25, 2016
The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center has established a new, integrated translational cognitive neuroscience postdoctoral fellowship program through a five-year, $1 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.
May 23, 2016
“Depression in Alzheimer’s disease: Cause or consequence?” is the topic of the UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s June 2016 Community Discovery Lecture Series presentation.
May 18, 2016
Kwan L. Ng, assistant professor and director of vascular neurology at UC Davis Health System, has been named director of the UC Davis Stroke Center.
May 10, 2016
With the dramatic rise of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the numbers and types of interventions promoted to families and individuals with autism have surged as well.
May 4, 2016
Three UC Davis Health System teams have been selected from among 54 highly competitive proposals to receive awards to develop innovative information technology solutions in human health care from the Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society — CITRIS — a collaboration of the UC campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz. The grants are awarded in collaboration with the Banatao Institute founded by high-tech entrepreneur and philanthropist Dado Banatao.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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]
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).
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.