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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

Campus News | September 7, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting community and perseverance at UNLV.

A student practices using a balance beam which is surrounded by rainbow-colored gym mats, while another student spots her.
Business and Community | August 30, 2021

Program to help fill critical health care shortage in Nevada; living lab in Las Vegas Medical District houses program, with first cohort set to graduate in Spring 2023.

UNLV nursing student in red shirt reviewing slide sample with peer
Campus News | August 4, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting research, health, and community at UNLV.

Portrait of Jefferson W. Kinney, Ph.D. Professor and Reg Grundy and Joy Chambers-Grundy Chair for Brain Health
People | July 26, 2021

The longtime UNLV researcher on youthful curiosity, the brain, and sports.

Campus News | July 9, 2021

A collection of news stories highlighting remembrance and improvement at UNLV.

Jeffrey L. Cummings pictured in a white lab coat in his lab on UNLV's campus
Research | June 7, 2021

UNLV research professor Jeffrey L. Cummings examines Alzheimer's clinical trials pipeline in two new studies.

Brain Health In The News

KLAS-TV: 8 News Now
September 20, 2021

A new program at UNLV is addressing a critical healthcare shortage in the Las Vegas valley.

Las Vegas Sun
September 16, 2021

The occupational therapists in training at UNLV will one day work with people recovering from strokes, injury — and COVID-19.

Las Vegas Sun
September 15, 2021

Picture of UNLV School of Integrated Health Sciences students working on mobility training practices with infant dolls at the Occupational Therapy lab facility at the Shadow Lane campus.

KSNV-TV: News 3
September 15, 2021

It’s training that’s been in use for generations.

September 13, 2021

Resverlogix Corp., a world leader in epigenetics, or gene regulation, announces today new data that demonstrates their first-in-class oral small molecule BET inhibitor candidate Apabetalone significantly improves cognition and reduces cognitive decline among high-risk patients with cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
September 3, 2021

UNLV launched new Occupational Therapy program that trains students in a home instead of a classroom or lab.

Brain Health Experts

A national expert in mindfulness-based occupational therapy and mental health.
A renowned expert on Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. 
An expert in behavioral neuroscience with concentrations in Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia.

Recent Brain Health Accomplishments

September 8, 2021
Ryan Wirt, Lauren Crew Andrew Ortiz, and Emmanuel Flores (all Neuroscience), Jefferson Kinney (Brain Health), and James Hyman (Psychology) published an article in Communications Biology entitled "Altered theta rhythm and hippocampal-cortical interactions underlie working memory deficits in a hyperglycemia risk factor model of Alzheimer’s disease...
August 13, 2021
Samantha John (DBrain Health) and colleagues published an investigation of two novel smartphone applications that were developed to assess cognitive functioning, "Examination of the reliability and feasibility of two smartphone applications to assess executive functioning in racially diverse older adults." The manuscript, published in the journal ...
July 29, 2021
Dr. Jeff Cummings (Brain Health) published "Trial of Pimavanserin in Dementia-Related Psychosis" in the New England Journal of Medicine.       
July 19, 2021
Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health) co-authored a paper published in Nature on developing the ATX(N) classification, a system for recognizing biomarkers in blood that indicate the presence in the brain of plaques and tangles characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.  ATX(N) advances allow researchers to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease without...
April 26, 2021
Arpita Basu (Kinesiology and Nutrition Sciences); Kenneth Izuora (Medicine); Jefferson Kinney, Arnold Salazar (both Brain Health); and Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental) published a randomized double-blind controlled trial in Nutrients on the effects of strawberry antioxidant supplementation in adults with the metabolic syndrome. The results revealed...
November 23, 2020
Arnold M. Salazar, Amanda M. Leisgang, Andrew A. Ortiz, and Jefferson W. Kinney (all Brain Health) published a paper titled, “Alterations of GABA B Receptors in the APP/PS1 Mouse Model of Alzheimer’s Disease” in the journal of Neurobiology of Aging. The paper describes the changes occurring in an Amyloid Beta mouse model of Alzheimer's disease ...