UCLA drug trial hopes to keep early Alzheimer's at bay.

Dr. John Ringman, Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Associate Clinical Director, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA was featured in Feb. 1 Dr. Bruce Hensel's medical report on NBCLA Channel 4 News. Dr. Ringman talked about how rarely, Alzheimer's disease is inherited in a highly genetic fashion in which changes in specific genes have been identified that essentially guarantee the onset of the disease at a relatively young age. Investigators are now using this knowledge to administer promising medications to prevent the disease to persons carrying such genetic alterations to potentially prevent them from manifesting symptoms of the disease. Such trials are being initiated at UCLA and other sites within the next 6 months.