Rare patient case presents new opportunity for Alzheimer’s treatment

A recent research article in Nature Medicine highlights a promising approach to Alzheimer’s treatments: genetics. Nicely summarized by the New York Times and other press outlets, the article shares the story of a 70-year-old woman who is just beginning to show symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The surprise? She should have shown symptoms nearly three decades[…]

What should I know about clinical trials?

It’s been over 15 years since a new drug for Alzheimer’s disease hit the market (Memantine, also known by the brand name Namenda, in 2003). The race is on amongst researchers to find the next big discovery and ease the burden of this disease for patients and their families. New research findings are made every[…]

Grant builds upon THRIVE Network in partnership with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

We are pleased to announce that our Center, in collaboration with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, has received a one-year planning grant from the Michigan Health Endowment Fund to develop The Caregiver Resource Collaborative. This Collaborative will further the work of the THRIVE Network, a program created two years ago by Laura[…]

What’s new in research?

Recent research coming out of the University of Michigan has caught press headlines across the nation. The finding? Almost half of the 1,000 older adults surveyed, aged 50-64, in a 2018 study believed that they were likely to develop dementia. These findings stem from the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, led by[…]

Study Highlight: ELECTRA Study

New research at the Institute of Gerontology at Wayne State University is testing whether brainwaves could be the clue that helps distinguish serious memory loss from the occasional forgetful lapse. These brainwaves can be measured through a non-invasive skull cap that produces an electroencephalogram, or EEG. This research is led by Dr. Voyko Kavcic and[…]

How can we improve dementia diagnoses?

Every other month, our Center hosts a case conference called the Clinical-Pathological Correlation conference focused on educating young clinicians and researchers on the complexity of diagnosing the dementias. Many may know that while clinicians can estimate a dementia diagnosis closely, the ultimate diagnosis must come from autopsy reports after death. While the dementia field has[…]

Dr. Melissa Armstrong presents annual Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative lectures

We were thrilled to host Dr. Melissa Armstrong in October as this year’s Carl Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative guest lecturer. This Initiative was created by Tamara Real to honor her husband, Carl Rinne, who lived with Lewy body dementia. This was the fourth annual series of Rinne Lewy Body Dementia Initiative lectures. Dr. Armstrong[…]