MADC in London for AAIC

Several members from the MADC are in London this week attending and presenting at the annual Alzheimer’s Association International Conference. AAIC 2017 brings together the leading researchers, investigators, clinicians and the research community to share “discoveries in basic and translational research that will lead to methods of prevention and treatment, and improvements in diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease[…]

Caregiver Wellness Day Summer 2017

Last Friday, the MADC hosted its bi-annual Caregiver Wellness Day at the beautiful and relaxing Matthaei Botanical Gardens. The event, organized and led by MADC wellness coordinator, Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW, was open to family members caring for someone with memory loss. The day included chair massages, guided meditation, reading and writing poetry, reflecting in small[…]

MADCC Health and Aging Fair

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for our Health And Aging Fair the morning of June 2nd! Come join us to learn more about current research happening, community resources across the state, and a presentation by Dr. Suzanne Craft! It is open to anyone interested – no RSVP necessary! 

Registration is Now Open for Web-Based Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice

Registration is now open for the new self-paced Web-Based Certificate in Advanced Clinical Dementia Practice at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. This 34 hour self-paced program prepares clinical practitioners for advanced practice with clients and families affected by dementia. Participants will gain clinical knowledge and skills in culturally-competent assessment, care planning, and[…]

Into the Fold

Scott Matzka first noticed something was wrong when his finger locked up while applying drywall at home in Kalamazoo. The retired University of Michigan and pro hockey player soon developed other troubles: a hand that refused to unclench, a forearm that cramped suddenly. Eventually Matzka was diagnosed, at 36, with limb-onset amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or[…]

MADC Now Taking Applicants for the Isadore & Margaret Mezey Junior Investigator 2017 Travel Award

The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center is pleased to announce the launch of the Isadore & Margaret Mezey Junior Investigator 2017 Travel Award competition. Click on the link below to view more information.  • Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, March 10, 2017 • Award Cycle: 2017 • Discipline/Subject Area: Promoting the advancement of dementia research •[…]

MADC: International Collaboration

Congratulations to MADC’s Ben Hampstead, PhD, ABPP/CN, who is currently serving as Co-Investigator on an international working group, as they were recently awarded a grant though Alzheimer’s Australia! The goal of this international group is to distinguish current research on cognitive interventions in those across the AD spectrum. They will be looking at key methodological[…]

5-D Protein Fingerprinting May Give insights into Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

  ­ In research that could one day lead to advances against neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, University of Michigan engineering researchers have demonstrated a technique for precisely measuring the properties of individual protein molecules floating in a liquid. Proteins are essential to the function of every cell. Measuring their properties in blood and[…]

2016 MADC Pilot Project Program

The MADC has extended the pilot project program submission from 12/16/2016 to 01/06/2017 Click on the link below to view more information. Thank you! All Applicants can apply through this Application Portal Internal Submission Deadline: Friday, January 6, 2017 Award Cycle: 2017 Discipline/Subject Area: Neurology Funding Available: 35,000.00 Description: As we seek to understand and cure[…]

What Doctors Should Ask Patients to Recognize Lewy Body Dementia

Tamara Real knew something was wrong when her husband, Carl Rinne, a retired University of Michigan professor, began to experience an array of odd and seemingly unrelated symptoms — including waxing and waning attention, muscle rigidity and, perhaps most alarming, hallucinations of acrobats. The couple received a battery of questions from specialists in their search[…]

NIA boosts Alzheimer’s research network with two new centers

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at NIH is pleased to announce two new additions to its Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program—a network of researchers and clinicians developing and sharing new approaches and findings to speed discovery in dementia research. The Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) in Ann Arbor, Michigan and Wake Forest ADCC in[…]

Is it Alzheimer’s or Another Type of Dementia?

By Lisa Esposito When people talk about dementia, Alzheimer’s disease often automatically comes to mind. That’s not surprising since it’s the most common type of dementia, affecting 5 million Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But with more than 100 dementia causes, Alzheimer’s shouldn’t be assumed. Along with Alzheimer’s, Lewy body and[…]

Caregiver Blues? Be Here Now

By Matt Perry Imagine you’re swimming in a muddy river, trying desperately to peer through the muck. You face a swirl of confusing obstacles. They have names like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, children, job, vacations, texting and a thousand other distractions. The muck is modern life. So it’s no surprise that the spread of “mindfulness” has[…]

MADC Director, Dr. Hank Paulson, speaks to U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Health to discuss HOPE for Alzheimer’s Act

The U.S. Senate subcommittee on Health held a hearing to discuss Alzheimer’s disease and its future impacts on families and the healthcare system. Dr. Hank Paulson, director of the MADC, gave a testimony at the hearing where he discussed the need for comprehensive care, an early diagnosis, and customized care planning. If you missed the Senate Subcommittee on[…]