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Department of Brain Health News

The UNLV department of brain health advances research, education, and practice to improve the care and treatment of individuals with brain disorders. Our students receive guidance from faculty who specialize in a range of areas from basic and clinical research in neurodegenerative disease, neuropsychology, and occupational therapy.

Current Brain Health News

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Campus News |

First-of-its-kind database will provide greater access to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s treatments to researchers around the world.

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UNLV History |

Amanda Osse is the first recipient of the award named in honor of Nathan Lindsay, who passed away after a 15-year battle with Alzheimer's disease.

The Sphere on the Las Vegas Strip.
Campus News |

A collection of news stories highlighting expert insights, research, and academic achievement.

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People |

The director of UNLV’s Occupational Therapy program likens her field to the nest-building skills of birds.

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Business and Community |

UNLV faculty and students screen community members in Las Vegas, Henderson, and Pahrump.

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Campus News |

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Brain Health In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal

The team from the Department of Brain Health at UNLV is scheduled to discuss the latest advancements in the care and treatment of people with brain disorders.


About 38 million Americans are caregivers for parents, spouses, adult children with disabilities, friends and other loved ones.

MedPage Today

Most ARIA cases are mild, but some have been fatal

MedPage Today

Recently approved disease-modifying treatments for Alzheimer's disease have created a sudden demand, but these and other drugs in the pipeline are not for all patients with clinical Alzheimer's symptoms, experts said.

MedPage Today

Looking ahead to 2024 and beyond: "There is so much more to be done"


Over the past year, the field has experienced another significant leap of growth, powered by advances in translational research and capped off by the approval of lecanemab (Leqembi; Eisai), the first traditionally approved therapy in nearly two decades.

Brain Health Experts

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Recent Brain Health Accomplishments

Jeff Kinney (Brain Health), chair of the department, will serve as a keynote speaker during the School of Dental Medicine's "Student Research Day Symposium" on March 1 at the Shadow Lane campus. Kinney will present on the topic, "Progress in Fluid Biomarkers for Alzheimer's Disease."
This is a monograph completed by the Global Occupational Therapy Think Tank, "a group of occupational therapy scholars and practitioners dedicated to educating and advancing the profession of occupational therapy throughout the world." Chih-Huang Yu (Brain Health) participated in the committee that conducted a systematic review on case studies…
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology), Samantha John (Brain Health), and Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) published "Cognitive Functioning among U.S. Older Adults Differs by Gender and Urbanicity" in Syracuse University Lerner Center's Population Health Research Brief Series.
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings (Integrated Health Sciences), research professor in the Department of Brain Health and director of the Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience, will serve as a keynote speaker during the Clinical Trials in Alzheimer's Disease conference in Boston, Massachusetts, on Oct. 24. Cummings has also been a co-…
Research professor and director Jeffrey Cummings, (Brain Health, Chambers-Grundy Center for Transformative Neuroscience) and director Jamie Schwartz (Industry and Business Engagement, Economic Development) were awarded a $1.5 million INNOVATOR grant from the National Institute of Aging (NIA). This five-year grant will help the…
Elizabeth Lawrence (Sociology), Samantha John (Brain Health), and Tirth Bhatta (Sociology) published an article, "Urbanicity and Cognitive Functioning in Later Life," in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.