Center investigator awarded over $350k grant from Department of Defense

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[…]

Center Postpones All Research Visits & Activities 3/16 – 5/1 due to COVID-19

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[…]

Call for Applications to Spring Grant Writing Retreat

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[…]

Wellness Initiative expands programs in 2020

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 receives prestigious research award from Midwest Nursing Research Society

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[…]

Michigan State University grows dementia research infrastructure in west Michigan

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[…]