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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.
Going Organic: Good for the Brain?
02/26/2015
The Picturesque Setting: I spent half my life living in rural Lancaster County Pennsylvania, on a farm my paternal grandparents purchased when they left the suburbs of New York City in the ‘70s to return to their roots.  They spent many years fixing up the farm where I grew up with my immediate family after […]
From Gold Thongs to Opioid Receptors: The Placebo Effect
02/19/2015
Great Expectations Rumor has it that when his batting average was precipitously low, Yankees first baseman Jason Giambi would slip on a gold thong before the game for some extra luck at the plate.  He swore that it always worked, and he was even generous enough to share it with his teammates on occasion. There […]
THE BRAIN IS A BATTLEFIELD (A LOOK AT YOUR BRAIN POST-BREAKUP)
02/14/2015
All couples look forward to Valentine’s night. Flying around the apartment, you quickly assemble everything needed for the romantic evening: nice outfit, box stuffed with chocolates, blood-red envelope holding your oh-so-romantic valentine card. The doorbell rings, and you smile broadly as you pull open the door… to find your beloved standing there, frowning and valentine-less. […]
The Neuroscience of the Spotless Mind
02/13/2015
Although there are undoubtedly even more Valentine’s Day-themed films than there are Shades of Grey, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind stands a cut above the rest. I say this not only as a movie-enthusiast but also as a neuroscience-enthusiast. This film may not be overtly about neuroscience, but it touches on questions and themes that are […]
A science of falling in love?
02/12/2015
“To fall in love with anyone, do this!” proclaimed the headline of a recent article from the New York Times’ Modern Love column. As a skeptic in everything (and what cognitive scientist wouldn’t be skeptical of such a statement?), it seemed shocking to discover that the secret to falling in love, according to the article, […]
Add A Little Romance (Novel) To This Valentine’s Day- Part 2!
02/11/2015
One of my favorite things about reading today’s romance novels (and if you see me reading my Kindle, there’s at least a 75% chance I’m reading one) is that women are no longer confined to the role of society belle or ditzy beauty.  Heroines are becoming just that- women who kick ass mentally as well […]