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[…]

Dr. Tia Powell, author of “Dementia Reimagined” presents invigorating series of events

We were delighted to host Dr. Tia Powell in November for a unique collection of professional and community events. Dr. Tia Powell, Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, recently published her book “Dementia Reimagined: Building a Life of Joy and Dignity from Beginning to End.” Dr. Powell wrote her[…]

Fundraiser enters its tenth year

In many capacities, our Center runs on the dedicated efforts of donors. Colleen Greene is one of those donors. For years, Colleen has hosted fundraising events throughout the Ann Arbor area to support our Center and the Alzheimer’s Association. Her annual fundraiser, Bowling for Bernie, is in its tenth year and honors her mother who[…]

Research links handgrip strength to cognitive functioning

Dr. Sheria Robinson-Lane, a current junior investigator mentee of our Center, recently co-authored a publication on the topic of handgrip strength and aging Americans. The article concluded that the measurement of handgrip strength is a simple method for helping healthcare providers determine poorer cognitive functioning. Results of the study reinforce the need to include this[…]

Welcome to our new class of junior investigator mentees

We are pleased to welcome our next class of junior investigator mentees as part of our Research Education Component (REC). We had an exceptional amount of applications this cycle, and as a result, extended the mentorship program to seven mentees. These investigators span from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and Wayne State University.[…]