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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 | 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.

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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.

Brain Health In The News

Yahoo!
April 28, 2020

An experimental drug could help caregivers as well as patients, as it substantially improved agitation in Alzheimer's patients in a late-stage clinical trial. The announcement boosted the shares of the maker of the treatment, Axsome Therapeutics (AXSM), nearly 25% to more than $95.

Associated Press
January 27, 2020

The Pentagon disclosed on Friday that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran’s missile strike this month on an Iraqi air base, and although half have returned to work, the casualty total belies President Donald Trump’s initial claim that no Americans were harmed. He later characterized the injuries as “not very serious.”

Bloomberg
January 24, 2020

The Pentagon disclosed on Friday that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike this month on an Iraqi air base, and although half have returned to work, the casualty total belies President Donald Trump's initial claim that no Americans were harmed. He later characterized the injuries as “not very serious.”

U.S. News & World Report
January 24, 2020

The Pentagon disclosed on Friday that 34 U.S. service members suffered traumatic brain injuries in Iran's missile strike this month on an Iraqi air base, and although half have returned to work, the casualty total belies President Donald Trump's initial claim that no Americans were harmed. He later characterized the injuries as “not very serious.”

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.

Brain Health Experts

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Recent Brain Health Accomplishments

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,...
February 11, 2020
Dr. Jeffrey Cummings (Brain Health) recently published an article, “The Neuropsychiatric Inventory (NPI): Development and Applications,” in the Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology. The article reviews the development of the NPI assessment tool since Dr. Cummings first introduced it 25 years ago and which has been used in approximately...