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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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Campus News | November 4, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring stargazing and change at UNLV.

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Campus News | October 7, 2021

A collection of news stories featuring collaboration and reflection at UNLV.

MRI scan of a brain with Alzheimer's disease.
Research | September 28, 2021

Study, published this month in Communications Biology, reveals that chronic hyperglycemia impairs memory.

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.

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Campus News | August 4, 2021

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

Brain Health In The News

January 5, 2022

The director of the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas detailed the steps necessary to lower wasted costs from Alzheimer disease drug development and improve regulatory success.

Neurology Live
December 27, 2021

This year has been a major year in the field of Alzheimer disease (AD), with several promising therapies moving forward and the first FDA approval in almost 2 decades.

Las Vegas Review Journal
December 10, 2021

It’s called the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience at UNLV, and the adjective in the name says it all.

Neurology Live
December 2, 2021

The director of the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience at the University of Nevada–Las Vegas discussed new data that highlights wasted expenditures from Alzheimer trials and the importance of understanding their impacts.

Nature World News
November 30, 2021

Pharmacological studies have attempted and failed for past decades to generate medicines that might halt the course of the illness. Now, experts claim to have reached a tipping point in Alzheimer's development.

Singularity Hub
November 30, 2021

The cause of Alzheimer’s was supposedly simple.

Brain Health Experts

An expert in behavioral neuroscience with concentrations in Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia.
A renowned expert on Alzheimer's Disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. 
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Recent Brain Health Accomplishments

October 14, 2021
Kristine Bragg, Gwen Marchand, Jonathan Hilpert (all Educational Psychology and Higher Education), and Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health) recently published the manuscript, "Using Bibliometrics to Evaluate Outcomes and Influence of Translational Biomedical Research Centers" in the Journal of Clinical and Translational Science.
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…