Major Highlights 2014-2015

Major Highlights from the Institute for the 2014-15 Year

  • Awarded a five-year renewal as an Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This funding helps support the continuation of the first national induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell bank for Alzheimer’s disease and our three patient cohorts:  the longitudinal study of cognitive impairment, the Down syndrome study, and the 90+ Study.
  • Successfully renewed the three-year California Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CADC) grant, which funds comprehensive exam of 100 Californians concerned about cognitive impairment.
  • Dr. Joshua Grill joined UCI MIND as the Associate Director of the ADRC, Education and Outreach Director of UCI MIND, and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Dr. Grill’s research is on clinical trial development with a focus on recruitment and retention of participants in clinical trials for neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Dr. Howard Federoff, an internationally recognized leader in Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, was recruited to UCI as the new Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine. In addition, Dr. Federoff joined the Executive Committee of UCI MIND.
  • UCI MIND welcomed Dr. Szofia Bullain to the Memory Assessment and Research Clinic to enable increased numbers of participants to be evaluated for cognitive disorders.
  • Received private donation to initiate a Clinical Trials Registry. Dr. Joshua Grill and Dr. Aimee Pierce are leading this important project.
  • Dr. Carl Cotman, Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior and a UCI MIND founding Director received the 2015 UCI Clinical Translational Scientist Career Achievement Award.
  • Successful outreach to the community with four Ask the Doc programs, six Behind the Scenes Tours and the highly successful Southern California Annual Research Conference on Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Roger and Lucy Lisabeth, representing UCI MIND research participants, were highlighted on television stations, KCAL 9 and KCBS, Channel 2 News bringing widespread regional recognition to aging research at UCI MIND.
  • UCI MIND hosted a successful Time of Your Life Gala, which helped raise funds for Alzheimer’s disease research at UCI MIND.
  • Dr. Diane O’Dowd and Dr. Charles Limoli joined as new UCI MIND faculty in 2015. Dr. O’Dowd’s research areas include synaptic transmission, plasticity, ion channels and learning and memory. Dr. Limoli’s research focuses on stem cells, chemobrain, irradiation and cognitive dysfunction.