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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 |

News highlights starring UNLV students and faculty who made local and national headlines.

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Research |

Alzheimer’s treatment studies offer hope as UNLV expert predicts new potential drugs, biomarkers will yield critical insight for future development.

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Research |

Professor Chih-Huang "Jeffrey" Yu says the new and unique method can make rehab a more effective experience for patients.

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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.

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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.

Brain Health In The News

The Daily Guardian

The Sanskrit word sthariyam (unswerving self or steadfastness) is a spiritual quality mentioned in Bhagavad Gita (Chapter 13, Verse 8). The word steadfast can also be traced to the Old English word “stedefaest,” in which stede, means “place,” and faest, means “to be firmly fixed.” It is good to be steadfast or firmly fixed in one’s beliefs that are positive, self-uplifting, and geared toward accomplishing one’s goals. Steadfastness is a behavior as well as a personality trait. If we practice this behavior of steadfastness in our everyday dealings it can become part of our personality. Such steadfastness shows a sense of commitment that leads to dependability, trustworthiness, and integrity in character.

AARP Washington State Podcast

In our new Caring For Caregivers Conversation, brain health expert Dr. Kate Zhong joins our state director Marguerite Ro to talk about advances in Alzheimers treatment and what you can do to protect your brain. Dr. Zhong is a geriatric psychiatrist and founder of the Brainnovation Initiative at UNLV.


Two new assessments of clinical trials pointed to the need for more investment in Alzheimer's disease treatments. At the 2024 American Geriatrics Societyopens in a new tab or window (AGS) scientific meeting, researchers evaluated Alzheimer's trials funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) over a 20-year period. Another analysis, published in Alzheimer's and Dementia: Translational Research and Clinical Interventionsopens in a new tab or window, provided a comprehensive look at active trials in the Alzheimer's drug pipeline.

Mirage News

The world of Alzheimer's treatments is at an inflection point as more potential drugs make their way out of clinical trials. And on the heels of newly FDA-approved drugs Aduhelm® (aducanumab) in 2021 and Leqembi® (lecanemab) in 2023, a UNLV researcher says that 2024 is a "learning year" for Alzheimer's drug development.

Science Mag

The world of Alzheimer’s treatments is at an inflection point as more potential drugs make their way out of clinical trials. And on the heels of newly FDA-approved drugs Aduhelm® (aducanumab) in 2021 and Leqembi® (lecanemab) in 2023, a UNLV researcher says that 2024 is a “learning year” for Alzheimer’s drug development.

European Pharmaceutical Review

Considering current developments in Alzheimer’s drugs, a US expert has predicted that the industry should “be prepared for more complex biological therapies that require intravenous infusion and vigilant monitoring for side effects; more like cancer therapies,” according to Dr Jeffrey Cummings, Alzheimer’s clinician-scientist and research professor at the School of Integrated Health Sciences, University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Brain Health Experts

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Recent Brain Health Accomplishments

The Department of Brain Health and the Office of Economic Development hosted the inaugural UNLV Innovation Day, an annual event that brought together UNLV researchers and industry professionals to discuss the growth and understanding of brain health, mental health, and the innovation brought together through science and experimentation. The…
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…