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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.
Present you vs. Future you
01/22/2015
It’s almost the end of January. How are your New Year’s Resolutions holding up? If you haven’t stuck to them, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re in the majority. There are many reasons we don’t meet our well-intentioned goals to go to the gym more, quit smoking, or go to bed earlier at night. One […]
What’s app: an insider’s perspective on how to optimize your application to grad school
01/17/2015
So you’ve decided to apply to graduate school in the sciences. You’ve got all of your deadlines lined up, you’ve added a few new things to your CV, and you’re pretty confident your grades and GRE match the average scores for your program. Importantly, you’ve done research in the field, gotten some experience, and you’re […]
“Every Science Story is a Detective Story”
01/08/2015
This week, UCSD, the Kavli Foundation, and the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind hosted a visit from the amazing actor Alan Alda and fellows from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science,.  In addition to a public lecture and workshops for senior faculty and selected postdoctoral scholars, Mr. Alda was kind enough to take […]
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 […]