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At this time in our medical development, one of the greatest concerns we have as a population and as individuals is what will happen to our memory and cognition, will it persist at a high level? There are no magic bullets, but we are learning new things in the lab that we hope will lead to treatments in the clinic.

The oncoming epidemic of Alzheimer's disease (AD) is staggering to consider. Currently, an estimated 5 million Americans have Alzheimer's disease, both diagnosed and undiagnosed, with 36 million worldwide. By 2050 that number will rise to 115 worldwide, which means that if you include the average of two caregivers for each person with Alzheimer's, some 500 million people will have AD or care for someone with AD. That's an enormous impact.

This is why I decided to offer a series of discussions about this disease on our UCTV Brain Channel. I am inviting many of our UCSD-affiliated experts on research and treatment to discuss the following aspects of Alzheimer's Disease:

  • Neuroanatomy
  • Neuropathology
  • Genetics
  • Neurobiology
  • Physiology
  • Biomarkers
  • Clinical diagnosis
  • Clinical Trials
  • Treatments and therapies
  • Future research plans
  • Our Alzheimer's Project partnership with Dianne Jacob, chair of the San Diego Board of Supervisors

Please join us over the next few months as our On Our Mind program focuses on Alzheimer's Disease.

If you would like us to cover a specific topic related to AD, please let us know via brainchannel@ucsd.edu.

William C. Mobley, MD, PhD
Distinguished Professor and Chair,
Department of Neurosciences
Florence Riford Chair of Alzheimer Disease Research
University of California, San Diego


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Watch all the programs in On Our Mind: Alzheimer's Disease.
No cerebellum? No problem!
12/18/2014
What happens when you are born missing 80% of your neurons? Well, pretty much nothing, as it turns out, at least when it comes to those missing a cerebellum. Comprising 70 billion of the brain’s 85 billion neurons (Herculano-Houzel 2009), this hindbrain structure is “the primary center of motor coordination in the central nervous system” […]
A (Not So) Brief History of Psychedelic Science
12/12/2014
Psychedelics* (i.e. chemicals that reliably produce altered states of consciousness characterized by sensory distortion and changes in cognition) have been subject to human ritualistic, therapeutic, and recreational use for millennia.  Their profound perceptual effects have the potential to elucidate countless mysteries of human neurobiology, illuminating the sensitivity of our conscious experience to stereotyped, chemically-induced changes. […]
Hearing voices: Social context influences psychosis
12/04/2014
“People are always selling the idea that people with mental illness are suffering. I think madness can be an escape. If things are not so good, you maybe want to imagine something better.” These are the words of John Nash, Jr., the Nobel Laureate who inspired the book and the movie A Beautiful Mind and […]
NeuWrite Thanksgiving Reads
11/27/2014
Need some post-turkey relaxing reading? Here’s some of our Thanksgiving related articles! More Breast Please: Melissa explores the impact of domestication on turkeys. Why We Buy: An Infographic: A fantastic graphic description by Rachel of the conscious and unconscious forces that make us go nuts on Black Friday. Tuckered Out by Turkey’s Tryptophan? Maya delves into […]
NeuWriteSD’s picks for SfN 2014!!!
11/13/2014
The annual Society for Neuroscience meeting begins this Saturday, November 15th and you can bet that NeuWriteSD will be there!  Many of us will be presenting our own work at the meeting as well as tweeting and blogging about it.  Below you can find out what we’re excited about for this year’s meeting as well […]
Young Blood
10/31/2014
The modus operandi of a vampire is pretty straightforward: drink blood, live forever. Vampires consume more blood and live longer than everyone else, so surely, these two things are related. But how exactly does blood allow vampires to live forever? In an effort to find the root cause of immortality in vampirism (okay, kidding, they’re […]