Dr. Paul Thompson, Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry, and a member of the Imaging Genetics Center, Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), and the Semel Institute, was featured widely regarding his study that discovered a new genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease by screening people's DNA and then using an advanced type of scan to visualize their brains' connections. Stories appeared Mar. 4 in the Examiner.com; March 6 in HealthCanal.com, SciCast.com, alzheimer-riese.it (Italy), 51atgc.com (China); and March 7 in the International Business Times, and the CNBC website moneycontrol.com.
Dr. Joshua Grill, Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Recruitment and Education Core within the Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA, was quoted Mar. 4 in a 89.3 KPCC Southern California Public Radio story about music therapy for Alzheimer's patients. The UCLA Easton Center is currently engaged in a program to collect iPod donations and distribute them to facilities providing care to Alzheimer's patients throughout Los Angeles (Tunes for Alzheimer's Patients).
Dr. Liana Apostolova, Associate Professor of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Director of Neuroimaging Laboratory, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA, was featured in the UCLA 2013 Winter Issue of the Partners in Discovery Department of Neurology Newsletter - "Why I Do This"?
Dr. Zaldy Tan, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, Medical Director of the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program, and a Researcher at the Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, was interviewed for a Feb. 6 MedScape Today (subscription) article about the possible benefits of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet), which consists mostly of plant derived foods, and its possible benefits to cognition in later life.
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.