Dr. Benjamin Combs, Research Assistant Professor at Michigan State University, was awarded a Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Peer Reviewed Alzheimer’s Research Program (PRARP) Convergence Science Research Award from the Department of Defense for his project “Tau toxicity and retrograde axonal transport.” Dr. Combs will use transgenic mouse models and primary neuron cell culture[…]
Aerobic Exercise Training Linked to Enhanced Brain Function in Adults at Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease
“Research shows that aerobic exercise has been associated with reduced burden of brain and cognitive changes related to Alzheimer’s disease (AD). However, it is unknown whether exercise training in individuals who have a risk for AD, but are not yet showing symptoms, improves outcomes associated with AD. This study team investigated the effect of 26 weeks[…]
NIH-funded study reports advance in blood-based detection of ptau181, a biomarker of Alzheimer’s disease
The National Institute of Health debuted a press release on March 2 following the study’s findings being published in Nature Medicine the same day. The study reported an advance in the development of a blood test to detect pathological Alzheimer’s disease for people displaying dementia symptoms. The study was led by researchers at the University of California, San[…]
March 16, 2020 The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) threat continues to grow. In an effort to proactively protect our research participants and their families, we are postponing all research appointments at our Ann Arbor and Detroit locations, community events, support groups, and wellness programming through May 1, 2020. This is a rapidly developing situation, and our[…]
The University of Michigan Older Americans Independence Center (UM OAIC; directed by Dr. Raymond Yung), in collaboration with the Michigan Alzheimer Disease Core Center (MADCC; directed by Dr. Henry Paulson), will be hosting our annual research retreat entitled “Human Research Across the Translational Spectrum: from the Lab to the Real World” in Ann Arbor at[…]
We are pleased to announce that our Wellness Initiative is expanding. The Wellness Initiative, currently led by Laura Rice-Oeschger, LMSW, focuses on creating a community of resilient caregivers in the greater Ann Arbor area. Laura leads several groups for family caregivers of persons living with a dementia, including: Catching Your Breath, a free monthly program[…]
Dr. Lenette M. Jones of the University of Michigan School of Nursing and a current junior investigator mentee of our Center was recently honored with the 2020 Harriet H. Werley New Investigator Award by the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS). The award was established to recognize the contribution of a new investigator who has conducted[…]
Our partners at Michigan State University in Grand Rapids are making great strides in the field. Dr. Dave Morgan, Professor of Translational Neuroscience at Michigan State University, was recruited two years ago to initiate a dementia clinical research operation in west Michigan. In doing so, he created the Alzheimer’s Alliance, a collaboration of faculty and[…]
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VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
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School of Nursing Health Analytic Collaboratory
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U-M School of Public Health
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10% of people age 65 and older have Alzheimer's Dementia.
32% of people age 85 and older have Alzheimer’s dementia.
Approximately 40% of family caregivers of people with dementia suffer from depression.
By 2025, total Medicaid costs for people in Michigan age 65 and older living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias will increase by almost 30%.