Alzheimer’s Disease & Other Cognitive Impairment Division
The Alzheimer’s Disease and other Cognitive Impairment Division is committed is to advancing treatments that offer the best possible outcomes for patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of cognitive impairment. All research, education and patient care is primarily conducted through the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute.
Areas of Expertise
Addressing memory disorders requires a comprehensive spectrum of services. The UC Memory Disorders Center is made up of neurologists, neuroscience nurses, psychiatrists, neuropsychologists, pharmacists and social workers.
This team works closely with other specialists, including neurosurgeons, neuroradiologists and geriatric medicine specialists, who may be called upon to provide collaborative care for individual patients’ needs. We focus our clinical, training and research activity on the following areas:
- Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Alzheimer's Disease
The UC Memory Center began enrolling patients in its first clinical trial in 2011, and plans are underway to continue to expand opportunities for people eager to participate in clinical research.
Future studies will likely explore:
- The implementation of new diagnostic tests.
- New medications.
- The potential for lifestyle modifications to impact cognitive health.
- The clinical impact of memory disorders upon quality of life.
Collaboration with our partners within the UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute and the UC College of Medicine has already improved our understanding of cognitive aging.
The Cognitive Aging Program, which is led by Robert Krikorian, PhD, and is part of the UC’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, conducts research studies to identify mechanisms associated with age-related cognitive decline and to improve memory function in middle-aged and older adults. The ultimate aim is to prevent or delay progression to dementia. These studies involve interventions that can be implemented through lifestyle modifications such as dietary manipulation and supplementation as well as pharmaceutical agents.
By working closely with other clinical and laboratory experts, the UC Memory Disorders Center will continue to offer the most innovative, effective and compassionate care.