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Community Education

The Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is committed to disseminating the knowledge gained through our research efforts.  We are proud to provide the community with a resource for accurate and up to date information regarding Alzheimer’s disease and memory changes in later life. 

Open House Event- This annual, invitation only, event provides the SMADRC participants with an opportunity to hear research updates firsthand from our faculty experts. This educational event enables them to understand how their volunteerism is directly impacting the advances that can be made in the science devoted to ending Alzheimer's and related dementias.

Click here to review the slides from the most recent Open House

Regular Memory Screening Days - Offered at different times during the year for persons with memory concerns. We offer a resource room with staff available to answer questions and provide information about memory and aging, Alzheimer's and related dementias, community resources, and research participation.

View memory screening dates

Our Newsletters:

Currents published three times a year and features updates in research, projects, resources, and staff news.  Readers learn about new clinical trials, research advances, innovative programs, and ideas for healthy aging.

Perspectives is a quarterly newsletter written for people with dementia that addresses the concerns, reflections, and coping skills of individuals with Alzheimer's or a related memory disorder.  

View our Newsletters

New Episodes about Alzheimer’s Research Available on the UCTV Brain Channel
Thanks to the funds generated from the Soul Cycle fundraiser, coordinated by Genny Matthews and her team, an exciting new opportunity to provide outreach and education is now available to the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (SMADRC) team under the leadership of Dan Bennett, Communications Director. 

The SMADRC is now working with UCTV to create seven new episodes for the UC Department of Neurosciences’ Brain Channel (founded by Dr. William C. Mobley), which specializes in episodes devoted to topics that help the viewer discover how the brain works, technologies to harness brain power, ways to treat disease and more.  The first two of the seven episodes have already been recorded and are available for viewing online via the Brain Channel links provided below.  The first of the three episodes have been recorded and the first two area already available on the Brain Channel:

October of 2018 featured an interview with Dr. Douglas Galasko about the Genetics of Alzheimer’s Disease titled, “What Role Do Genetics Play in Alzheimer’s-On Our Mind.” 

The second episode, aired in December 2018, features the first ever, all Spanish episode on the Brain Channel!  Dr. Soria-Lopez was interviewed by Alex Figueroa about the investigation of Alzheimer's disease in the Latino community. In this episode, titled, “Investigación sobre la Enfermedad de Alzheimer en la Comunidad Latina” the discussion focuses on clinical symptoms and the need to include the Latino community in clinical research on this disease. Mention is made of ways to combat the disease and social resources that are available to people with this disease and their families.

Support groups providing emotional support, education and coping strategies for caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's or related dementias as well as persons with a diagnosis of MCI or ADRD. Visit our patient and family resources section for a full list of support groups and QOL programs.
Reading material - On our website we list sources of reading material specific to an array of dementia diagnoses. Click on the "We serve persons with" tab and select the diagnosis of interest to you.

Presentations to the community - We have a well-rounded team of neurologists, social workers, psychometrists, physicians, gerontologists, and nurse practitioners who are well-versed to give presentations in the community targeting a wide range of audiences, including potential research participants, their family members, and community health care professionals, including physicians.

If you would like to arrange for one of our speakers to give a presentation at your facility, please contact Christina Gigliotti, PhD at

Many of our team members have presented in a variety of settings including senior centers, libraries, assisted living facilities, continuing care retirement communities, support group meetings, community organizations and center meetings, and physician offices.  We welcome speaking invitations from members of the community, and we will be happy to develop a talk to meet your needs.