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2017

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JUL 09UC Irvine Alzheimer's expert Dr. Claudia Kawas tells "60 Minutes" that a clinical trial in Colombia may offer hope for intervention before the disease strikes.
MAY 18UC Irvine neurologist Dr. Claudia Kawas says drugs developed for dementia may help a bit, but results vary from patient to patient.
MAY 16UC Irvine researchers identify mechanism that causes 'leaky' brain blood vessels in Huntington's disease patients.
FEB 23Daniela Bota, MD, PhD, receives UC Irvine Institute of Clinical & Translational Science 2017 Pilot Grant Award for research on mitochondrial-targeted therapy for glioblastoma.
FEB 08Scary movies help a UC Irvine research team led by epileptologist Dr. Jack Lin identify key brain circuits for processing fear.
JAN 17Developing high blood pressure late in life may actually help protect against dementia, according to a new study by UC Irvine neurology professor Maria Carrada-Bravo, PhD.

2016

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DEC 01UC Irvine movement disorders expert Dr. Neal Hermanowicz says a new study showing a link between gut bacteria and Parkinson's disease could lead to therapeutic interventions.
NOV 27Renowned Alzheimer's researcher Dr. Claudia Kawas tells "60 Minutes" about the difficulty in finding a treatment despite hundreds of millions of dollars in research efforts.
OCT 03Neurologist Dr. Aimee Pierce will oversee two new UCI MIND clinical trials that are aimed at combating Alzheimer's disease.
JUN 13UC Irvine Health neurologist, Mark Fisher, leads study that taps brains of high school football players to better understand head injuries.
APR 07UC Irvine study finds safer stem cell-derived therapy for recovery from brain radiation.
FEB 16UC Irvine Health neurologist Dr. An Do leads research that enables a paraplegic man to take historic steps.
JAN 20Foundation for environmental toxin study found in UC Irvine neuroscientist John Weiss’ grad school research.
JAN 08People wouldn’t mind being 100 if they could walk and talk and think, says UC Irvine geriatric neurologist, Claudia Kawas.

2015

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DEC 09A UC Irvine study led by Dr. Mark Fisher shows that 75 percent of emergency room stroke cases may have been prevented by early intervention.
NOV 30To help find Alzheimer’s biomarkers in people with Down syndrome, the National Institute on Aging grants $4.7 million to Dr. Ira Lott’s research team.
SEP 24We showed that you can restore intuitive, brain-controlled walking after a complete spinal cord injury, says neurologist An Do, MD.
SEP 08Dr. Howard Federoff, UC Irvine Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences, plans clinical studies to follow his landmark discovery of a blood test to detect Alzheimer's disease.
JUL 16UC Irvine neurologist and former chair Dr. Arnold Starr is named an honorary member of the American Academy of Neurology.
JUN 23When it comes to brain health, learning plus exercise is better than either alone, says neuroscientist Carl W. Cotman, PhD.
MAY 01A study conducted by Charles Limoli, professor of radiation oncology, finds that long-term exposure to galactic cosmic rays leads to dementia-like cognitive impairments.
APR 16UC Irvine’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders receives a five-year, $11 million grant from the National Institute on Aging.
APR 07UC Irvine geriatric neurologist, Claudia Kawas, shares an overview of aging and dementia risk on the Medical Daily website.
APR 01UC Irvine neurologist Mark Fisher and colleagues identify presence of a heart pouch that may explain strokes of unknown origin.
MAR 26UC Irvine researcher Leslie Thompson, PhD, is awarded $5 million to continue effort to create stem cell treatments for Huntington’s disease.
FEB 26In the March issue of Discover, UC Irvine's Frank LaFerla says finding a treatment for Alzheimer's disease is like "trying to put out a raging fire with a bucket of water."
FEB 17UC Irvine professor Charles Limoli, PhD, shows how human neural stem cell treatments may help reverse learning and memory deficits after chemotherapy.
JAN 07Adding anti-oxidants to one's diet may not prolong life span, a UC Irvine study finds.

2014

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OCT 08UC Irvine receives $8-million National Institutes of Health grant to create a database of brain cell activity in disorders such as Lou Gehrig's disease.
SEP 10New findings that brain inflammation affects memory may shed light on why chemotherapy can impair brain tumor patients' memory, says neuro-oncologist Dr. Daniela Bota.
AUG 22Carl Cotman, PhD, UC Irvine professor of neurology, weighs in on the "magic formula" of workouts.
AUG 14Robin Williams' diagnosis with Parkinson’s disease highlights the link between the disorder and depression, says UC Irvine neurologist Dr. Neal Hermanowicz.
JULY 14UC Irvine researchers find that high blood pressure seems to be linked with a lower risk for dementia among people who reach the age of 90 or greater.
MAY 14UC Irvine professor Claudia Kawas, MD, talks about the results of the "90+ Study" on a segment of "Good Day LA.”
MAY 05UC Irvine's groundbreaking 90+ Study is featured on CBS's "60 Minutes."
APR 09Mesenchymal stromal cells culled from bone marrow show promise in the treatment of ischemic strokes, UC Irvine researchers report in the journal Neurology.
MAR 10Researchers—including those at UC Irvine—have discovered a blood test that can identify many people at risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.
JAN 30UC Irvine stem cell researchers are awarded $1.54 million in state funding; CIRM grants will advance basic studies to improve cancer and brain disease treatments.

2013

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NOV 18Online registration is now available for the 9th annual UC Irvine Health epilepsy symposium, where Dr. Mona Sazgar will discuss new anti-epileptic medications on March 8.
OCT 31Cerebral microbleeds increase significantly with age, making it vital to control them to help maximize brain health, says UC Irvine neurologist Dr. Mark Fisher.
SEPT 04The Stroke & Cerebrovascular Center earned UC Irvine Medical Center certification as Orange County's first Comprehensive Stroke Center.
AUG 13Therapists from UC Irvine neurologist Dr. Steven Cramer's lab help stroke patients at Chapman University's summer boot camp for stroke survivors.
JUL 01UC Irvine neurology researcher Lisa Flanagan has received a prestigious CAREER award from the National Science Foundation.
JUN 18UC Irvine has been awarded a $10-million National Institute of Mental Health grant to study how a mother's pattern of caring for her infant may affect a child during adolescence.
FEB 12UC Irvine's eighth annual epilepsy symposium will address emerging roles of exercise, sleep and cognitive training.

2012

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OCT 28UC Irvine neuro-oncologist Dr. Daniela Bota is using patients' own diseased cells to battle brain tumors, the OC Register reports.
OCT 05Dr. Claudia Kawas honored as Visionary Woman by Alzheimer's Association of Orange County.
JUL 28The stress of modern life influences learning and memory, says UC Irvine neuroscientist Dr. Tallie Z. Baram.
MAY 16Intellectual and social stimulation can help stall Alzheimer's, Dr. Carl Cotman tells National Institutes of Health conferees.
APR 03Woman gains hope when UC Irvine neuromuscular expert Dr. Annabel Wang identifies her disease after 10 years of misdiagnosis.
JAN  27Mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, is often an early sign of Alzheimer's disease, UC Irvine's Dr. Claudia Kawas tells ABC News, but it also can have other causes.

2011

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DEC 02National Multiple Sclerosis Society lauds UC Irvine Healthcare's program.
OCT 14Robots may extend the post-stroke race against the clock, according to a UC Irvine presentation during the annual meeting of the American Neurological Association.
AUG 10Dr. Jose A. Carrillo, a neuro-oncologist in UC Irvine's Comprehensive Brain Tumor Program, joins the Department of Neurology
AUG 03Stem cells show promise for restoring cognitive abilities after chemotherapy, say UC Irvine brain tumor specialists Dr. Daniela Bota and Dr. Mark Linskey.
JUN 01UC Irvine neurologists show that multiple sclerosis springs from the environment, metabolism and genes interacting with Vitamin D, USA Today reports.
MAR 30Fast action by UC Irvine's acute stroke team saves teenager from severe brain impairment

2010

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NOV 17"A Primer on Parkinson's" with Dr. Neal Hermanowicz, director of UC Irvine's Movement Disorders Program
AUG 20UC Irvine researcher receives $1.5 million grant to determine effectiveness of using robots to help restore hand and arm movements in stroke patients.
JUN 16It's "too early" to say whether cell-phone use causes tumors to the head or body, UC Irvine neuro-oncologist Dr. Daniela Bota tells the Orange County Register.
APR 16New therapies aimed at repairing the brain after a stroke show promise, UC Irvine neurologist writes in the New England Journal of Medicine
MAR 06Dr. Claudia Kawas and her team of UC Irvine researchers test nonagenarians at Crystal Cove for one of the world's largest continuing studies on aging.

2008

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JUN 30UC Irvine stem cell researcher awarded $1.4 million to study Huntington's disease