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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.
Analyze your zombie walk
10/30/2014
Imagine a zombie costume.   You probably see – pale, bloody makeup, ripped clothes, dead-eyed stare. All of that preparation, however, would not be convincing if the zombie were to just move around normally. In fact “Walking Dead” special effects artist/director Greg Nicotero teaches a school on how to lumber around like a zombie for […]
The Dark Art of Computer Learning
10/29/2014
It is a well-established fact that computers will one day rise up to kill us all. But what is rapidly becoming clear is that they first intend to humiliate us before their xenocidal rampage. A recent report found that roughly half of current U.S. jobs currently filled by humans are likely to be taken by […]
The Threatening Mask
10/28/2014
Oh!—fruit loved of boyhood!—the old days recalling, When wood-grapes were purpling and brown nuts were falling! When wild, ugly faces we carved in its skin, Glaring out through the dark with a candle within! —John Greenleaf Whittier, The Pumpkin (1850) The stanza above captures both the joyful abundance of the fall and the terrible artistic […]
NeuWrite Reads: Do Zombies Dream of Undead Sheep? by Timothy Verstynen and Bradley Voytek
10/27/2014
If you’ve come to our website via Google, there’s a good chance it’s because you wanted to know about zombies.  The search term that brings the most people to our site by far is “are zombies real?”.  Ashley’s post is an awesome primer on real-life zombies, but for those of you who want to go […]
Cerebellar Pruning
10/23/2014
One day you’re chopping down an unwanted palm tree, the next you’re flashing your machete through a dense forest in god knows where. The life of a tree hacker boasted plenty of travel opportunity, but not a lot of stability. Camille swung her weapon through yet another thicket. “We better be getting bonuses for this […]
Lithium: Wonder Drug? Part II
10/16/2014
Note from the author: This post is dedicated to my biology nerds out there.  If you follow my Gene-of-the-Week posts (and you should because they’re the weirdest), you know that I often get lost in the cellular and molecular details of life, and it’s totally overwhelming.  I wrote this post specifically to discuss the mechanisms […]