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What's New This Month


ADRC News:

The Shiley-Marcos ADRC is collaborating with the Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) to offer a no-cost photo taking and memory book making class for persons with memory loss. This 4 week session will meet once/week in June 2016. Please click here to see the flyer for more information or to register.

Genetics Overlap Found Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Cardiovascular Risk Factors

An international team of scientists, led by researchers at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, have found genetic overlap between Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and two significant cardiovascular disease risk factors: high levels of inflammatory C-reactive protein (CRP) and plasma lipids or fats. The findings, based upon genome-wide association studies involving hundreds of thousands of individuals, suggest the two cardiovascular phenotypes play a role in AD risk – and perhaps offer a new avenue for potentially delaying disease progression.

to read the full article, click here

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

Still 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.



Alzheimer's in the News:

The Union Tribune did a great special insert titled, "The Wonders of your Brain" in which several UC San Diego scientists, including Dr. Galasko at the Shiley-Marcos ADRC are interviewed and quoted. Click here to read the article.


In case you missed the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention on February 9-10, 2015, the National Institutes of Health has posted video of the Summit online. You can view all or parts of the Summit at any time and for free.

Video of Summit Day 1 includes plenary lectures on the socioeconomic burden of Alzheimer’s in the U.S. and globally and what we now understand about the complexity of the disease. The day also covered sessions on the biology of Alzheimer’s disease, updates on drug and therapy development, and new strategies for prevention.

Video of Summit Day 2 explores innovations in disease monitoring, assessment, and care; engaging and empowering people in research, and enabling partnerships for collaboration.

Visit the Summit website to learn more about the diverse group of speakers and view the Summit agenda





New Resources:


Making sense of Alzheimer's is a creative space for people to understand the past, present nad future of Alzheimer's disease. It is an evolving forum, a gallery of ideas, a museum without walls. Click here to check it out.
The NIH's Alzheimeri's Disease Education and Referral Center has a new online portal for free clinical practice tools, training materialsand other resources for physicians, nurses, social workers and other professionals working with patients who have cognitive impairment. Click here to find tools for assessment, diagnosis, treatment and management, disease specific information, training and curricula, clinical trials and studies information, patient communcation and care tips, and patient and caregiver education materials.

Early-onset Alzheimer's disease, occurring in people age 30 to 60, is rare but complicated. People living with early-onset Alzheimer’s (like Julianne Moore’s character in the movie “Still Alice”) may face particular challenges in dealing with work, raising children, and finding the right support groups.
A new online resource list from the National Institute on Aging’s Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Referral Center may assist younger people with Alzheimer’s, their families, and caregivers to find information and help. Topics include:

  • Living with early-onset Alzheimer’s
  • Legal and financial planning
  • Caregiving
  • Clinical trials and studies

All of the resources on this list are free and accessible online.
Visit the ADEAR Center website for other resources like free publications, caregiving resources, and more information about Alzheimer’s.