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Eat Smart, Stay Sharp! 

In celebration of UCSD Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center's 30th anniversary, please join us for an informational, fun-packed cooking demonstration, delicious lunch, and a discussion of brain healthy foods by Food Network star Beau Macmillan and Dr. Marwan Sabbagh, a UCSD trained neurologist, now at Banner Sun Health. San Diego's own Darlene Shiley will moderate a panel discussion followed by a book signing! For more information, click here.

When: Thursday, August 21st, 2014
Time: 11:30am
Where: La Gran Terraza Restaurant-USD Campus - 5998 Alcala Park, San Diego, CA 92110
Cost: $55.00 - For reservations, Click Here, or call Glenner Memory Care Centers at (619) 543-4700.

Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer's Disease (A4)Trial

Now Enrolling!

If you do not have memory changes that exceed normal age-related changes and are interested in participating in a clinical drug trial designed to prevent Alzheimer's dementia, please click on this link to see if the A4 trial is a fit for you. If so, contact Chritsina Gigliotti, PhD for more information.


Are you 60 or older and noticing changes in your sense of smell?

The Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) is a landmark observational study designed to help define biomarkers, or indicators of Parkinson's disease (PD) progression. PPMI has added a new arm to the existing study that will investigate certain risk factors of PD. By better understanding risk factors, such as smell loss, doctors may be able to identify people with Parkinson’s before the onset of motor symptoms. Early detection is a crucial step in understanding the causes of PD and developing better treatments for Parkinson’s disease.

The task of identifying risk factors for PD offers friends and family of people with Parkinson’s a unique role to play in Parkinson’s research. People who are over the age of 60 and who do not have Parkinson’s are needed for this study that will assess the relationship between Parkinson’s and sense of smell. Find out if you are eligible to participate by taking the smell survey at or call (877) 525-PPMI. If you have Parkinson’s disease, we need your help to reach the 10,000 people without PD who may qualify. Invite family and friends to follow their noses to research that could make a difference for Parkinson’s research.  UC San Diego is a site for this research study, and you may also contact  Christina Gigliotti, Ph.D. at 858-246-1243 for additional information.



Have Concerns About Memory or Thinking but Unable to Attend Our

Memory Screening Event?

You can call the MAP program or the Parkinson's Disease Research Consortium at the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer's Disease Research Center to schedule a no-cost screening appointment at your convenience. Participants with Parkinson's disease must be 60 or older. Call (858) 822-4800 to schedule your screening or for more information.

Click here to view the video featuring Irene Litvan MD, UC San Diego Health systems discussing changes in thinking in Parkinson's disease


Alzheimer's in the News:

Alzheimer’s in the Blood

Researchers are on a mission to identify blood-borne biomarkers for dementia. Will this year’s high-profile successes pave the way? Article in the Scientist features Douglas Galasko, MD. Click here to read the full story.


San Diego County Officials Launch Attack on Alzheimer's

With Alzheimer's disease rapidly becoming one of the most critical public health issues facing us today, The Alzheimer’s Association is proud to announce that San Diego County Officials are fighting back with the the Alzheimer’s Project Initiative, that launched on May 6, 2014.

The initiative, put forth by San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and San Diego County Supervisor Dave Roberts, will bring together health care experts, leaders of the Alzheimer’s Association, world-renown researchers and others to craft a strategy aimed at improving local care and developing a cure.

During the coming months, all those involved with the Alzheimer’s Project will collaborate and explore ways to boost research funding and public awareness as well as make recommendations to improve services for those with dementia and their caregivers. Project participants are expected to bring their recommendations to the Board of Supervisors before the end of this year.

CLICK HERE to read more about the Alzheimer's Project.
CLICK HERE to read the official press release.  

New Website Created to Obtain Reliable Information about AD Interventions

That’s why the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF) developed Cognitive Vitality, a new resource that provides a comprehensive and credible overview and analysis of the science for specific strategies to prevent Alzheimer’s and related dementias. The site showcases the strength of the science for and against prevention strategies related to nutrition and the management of other diseases, enabling you to make informed decisions to protect your brain against cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
We hope that Cognitive Vitality will serve as your go-to resource for making empowered and educated decisions for your cognitive health and the health of your loved ones.
For additional information, please see the full ADDF press release or visit


NIH Releases New Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report - 2012-2013

2012-2013 Alzheimer's Disease Progress Report: Seeking the Earliest Interventions

Click here to access the online issue of this progres report and watch the numerous video interviews with the nation's leading scientists.


Movement Disorders in the News:

NIH scientists find six new genetic risk factors for Parkinson's

Study shows power of combining big data analysis with cutting-edge genomic techniques

July 27, 2014

click here to read the press release


New Resources:


The ADEAR Center is now on Twitter!

Follow @Alzheimers NIH for daily tweets linking you to:

  • News about Alzheimer's and related research
  • Alzheimer's facts and tips
  • caregiving resources
  • information about Alzheimer's clinical trials

@Alzheimer's NIH is a great resource for researchers, professionals, and caregivers. Follow us today and start sharing ADEAR Center information with your own followers.

For more Alzheimer’s disease information and resources, visit launched

In conjunction with the release of the National Alzheimer’s Plan, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources (HHS) launched a critical new resource for families and individuals facing Alzheimer’s. A new website,, and an accompanying ad campaign were developed by HHS in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association to help raise awareness and provide support to those living with the disease. The ad campaign will begin later this summer.