Dr. Zaldy Tan, Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Geriatrics, Medical Director of the UCLA Alzheimer's and Dementia Care Program, and a Researcher at the Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research, was interviewed for a Feb. 6 MedScape Today (subscription) article about the possible benefits of the Mediterranean diet (MedDiet), which consists mostly of plant derived foods, and its possible benefits to cognition in later life.
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Dr. John Ringman, Associate Clinical Professor of Neurology, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Associate Clinical Director, Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer's Disease Research at UCLA was featured in Feb. 1 Dr. Bruce Hensel's medical report on NBCLA Channel 4 News. Dr. Ringman talked about how rarely, Alzheimer's disease is inherited in a highly genetic fashion in which changes in specific genes have been identified that essentially guarantee the onset of the disease at a relatively young age. Investigators are now using this knowledge to administer promising medications to prevent the disease to persons carrying such genetic alterations to potentially prevent them from manifesting symptoms of the disease. Such trials are being initiated at UCLA and other sites within the next 6 months.
Dr. David Teplow, Professor of Neurology, was featured in Jan. 23 Examiner.com and Scrupsreport.com, articles about his research that, for the first time, isolated a unique hairpin-like segment of a toxic protein associated with Alzheimer's disease, that may be a precise target for drug delivery that would slow or stop the disease.