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Department of Brain Health News

The UNLV Department of Brain Health will advance research, education, and practice to benefit brain health and the care and treatment of people with brain disorders across the life span. Our faculty specialize in several areas that range from basic and clinical research in neurodegenerative disease, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.

Current Brain Health News

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Research | July 16, 2020

Dr. Jeffrey Cummings examines drug pipeline for treatments, and finds reason for optimism.

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | June 15, 2020

The Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience will advance research and the science of treatment for Alzheimer’s and other neurological disorders.

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Campus News | April 9, 2020

Now's the time for those working in the field to pursue post-professional doctorate to be ready for expanded job market once economy gears back up.

Campus News | February 18, 2020

A collection of news stories capturing the excitement and accomplishments of UNLV at the start of a new decade.

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Business and Community | December 30, 2019

A collection of news stories from 2019 highlighting UNLV's impact in Southern Nevada and beyond.

Brain Health In The News

Business Insider
July 30, 2020

Alzheimer's disease has been an unsolved puzzle for scientists since the first patient was found over 100 years ago. Different theories like cholinergic hypothesis, amyloid cascade hypothesis, and tau protein hypothesis have made progress in research but failed to bring new therapies to patients. In recent years scientists started to focus on the brain-gut axis, with its breakthrough in the fields of Parkinson's disease, depression and autism. Data linking the microbiome to Alzheimer's disease and GV-971 targeting the brain-gut axis launched by Shanghai Green Valley Pharmaceuticals were presented at the 34th Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC).

PRNewswire
July 29, 2020

Alzheimer's disease has been an unsolved puzzle for scientists since the first patient was found over 100 years ago. Different theories like cholinergic hypothesis, amyloid cascade hypothesis, and tau protein hypothesis have made progress in research but failed to bring new therapies to patients. In recent years scientists started to focus on the brain-gut axis, with its breakthrough in the fields of Parkinson's disease, depression and autism. Data linking the microbiome to Alzheimer's disease and GV-971 targeting the brain-gut axis launched by Shanghai Green Valley Pharmaceuticals were presented at the 34th Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC).

Yahoo!
July 29, 2020

Alzheimer's disease has been an unsolved puzzle for scientists since the first patient was found over 100 years ago. Different theories like cholinergic hypothesis, amyloid cascade hypothesis, and tau protein hypothesis have made progress in research but failed to bring new therapies to patients. In recent years scientists started to focus on the brain-gut axis, with its breakthrough in the fields of Parkinson's disease, depression and autism.

Neurology Live
July 22, 2020

A systematic review of Alzheimer disease (AD) treatments currently in development demonstrate the progressive emphasis on nonamyloid targets, including candidate treatments addressing for inflammation, synapse and neuronal protection, vascular factors, neurogenesis, and epigenetic interventions.

EurekAlert!
July 17, 2020

Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings, UNLV research professor and a leading expert on Alzheimer's disease clinical trials, led a five-year review of all Alzheimer's drugs in the development pipeline. He says today there is more hope than ever that we'll one day solve Alzheimer's.

Science Mag
July 17, 2020

Dr. Jeffrey L. Cummings, UNLV research professor and a leading expert on Alzheimer’s disease clinical trials, led a five-year review of all Alzheimer’s drugs in the development pipeline. He says today there is more hope than ever that we’ll one day solve Alzheimer’s.

Brain Health Experts

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A renowned expert on Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. 

Recent Brain Health Accomplishments

June 19, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health) recently published an article outlining a novel method for determining whether Alzheimer’s drug treatments in clinical trials are ready to move on to the next phase. The paper, “Translational Scoring of Candidate Treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease: A Systematic Approach,” was published in The Journal of Dementia...
May 11, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health) recently published an article, “The Role of Clinical Trials in Preclinical Alzheimer’s Disease Drug Development Programs," in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. The somewhat provocative findings note that despite the trend toward prevention trials becoming more likely (in part because trials in...
April 29, 2020
Dr. Jeffery Cummings (Brain Health) and other members of a joint European Union/United States Task Force recently published, “Non-Amyloid Approaches to Disease Modification for Alzheimer’s Disease” in the Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease. In recognition of the complexity of the disease, the task force acknowledges it may require...
April 10, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health), recently published an article, “An Actigraphy-Based Validation Study of the Sleep Disorder Inventory (SDI) in the Nursing Home" in Frontiers in Psychiatry. It studied the use of the SDI to identify disrupted sleep in dementia patients in nursing homes, which was proven to be useful when done properly...
April 7, 2020
Dr. Jeffery Cummings (Brain Health) and other members of a joint European Union/United States Task Force recently published, “The Future of Anti-Amyloid Trials,” in the Journal of Prevention and Alzheimer’s Disease. The authors analyze the impact of multiple clinical trials that recently ended for a variety of reasons on the Alzheimer's disease...
February 19, 2020
Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health) and co-authors recently published an article proposing brain health be considered a global public health concern that rises to the level of international diplomacy. Their novel approach called brain health innovation diplomacy (BIND) acknowledges the many issues affecting brain health including diet, aging, trauma,...