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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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Business and Community | December 30, 2019

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

UNLV professor Matthew Lachniet works in his lab on campus.
People | December 27, 2019

A collection of stories highlighting UNLV faculty and students who made the news in 2019.

A portrait of Jefferson Kinney in front of a brain scan.
Research | December 4, 2019

UNLV’s new Department of Brain Health leads interdisciplinary effort to answer tough questions about traumatic brain injury.

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Campus News | December 2, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus News | November 1, 2019

A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | September 26, 2019

Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health neurologist Dr. Jeffrey Cummings joins UNLV to help launch new program that will be crucial for an aging state population.

Brain Health In The News

KNPR News
January 6, 2020

Jefferson Kinney, the founding chairman of the UNLV Cellular and Molecular Brain Research Laboratory, said the lab was created, in part, to complement the brain health center’s work.

KSNV-TV: News 3
December 6, 2019

As new treatments are developed for traumatic brain injury and Alzheimer’s disease, a significant amount of credit could go to UNLV’s new Department of Brain Health.

Bloomberg
December 4, 2019

Biogen Inc. stunned Alzheimer’s researchers in March when it said its highly awaited Alzheimer’s treatment aducanumab was unlikely to work. Seven months later, the company reversed course and said the drug did work after all -- at least in one of two large trials.

PBS
November 22, 2019

Nearly fifty-thousand Nevadans are currently living with Alzheimer's, and that number is only expected to skyrocket over the next decade. On this Nevada Week, we'll explore how close local researchers are to a cure. Plus, what role do citizen scientists and caregivers play toward fighting this neurodegenerative disease?

MarketWatch
November 4, 2019

China has approved its first homegrown Alzheimer’s treatment — a novel drug based on algae, and the first breakthrough since 2003 in a field that has frustrated scientists and drug companies for decades.

Yahoo!
November 4, 2019

Shanghai Green Valley Pharmaceuticals (Green Valley) today announced that China's National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) has approved Oligomannate (GV-971) as new drug for the treatment of "mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD) and improving cognitive function."

Brain Health Experts

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

Recent Brain Health Accomplishments

November 21, 2019
Samantha John (Brain Health) gave a talk at the National Academy of Neuropsychology 2019 annual conference in San Diego earlier this month. The presentation, "Diagnosis of Posterior Cortical Atrophy Through Inter-Departmental Collaboration," highlighted best practices in the syndromic and pathologic diagnosis of a rare visual variant of Alzheimer'...
July 22, 2019
Jefferson Kinney (Integrated Health Sciences) and James Hyman (Psychology) received a $601,576 grant from the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health for the research project "Aging and Hyperglycemia Alter Molecular Mechanisms and Hippocampal Oscillations Consistent with Alzheimer's Disease."