IRVINE, CA, August 20, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Alzheimer's Association, Orange County (AAOC), one of Southern California's premier nonprofit organizations for Alzheimer's research and education, will partner with the University of California, Irvine's Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) on Friday, Sept. 12, to host The Future of Alzheimer's, the 25th Annual Southern California Research Conference, at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa.
Aimed at professionals in the medical field, along with caregivers, family members and individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer's or a related form of dementia, the full-day event will provide attendees with the latest research shared by nationally recognized dementia experts from leading academic institutions across the nation, such as Georgetown University, Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at University of Kentucky, Harvard Medical School, UC Irvine and UCLA.
Despite intensive research over the past quarter century, scientists still have not uncovered effective prevention nor a cure for Alzheimer's disease. The research community currently has shifted much of its focus to the importance of early detection and clarifying the risk factors for the disease.
A special portion of the program will be a panel discussion with individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or early dementia. Panelists will share their experiences and provide insights into living with the disease.
"The incidence of Alzheimer's is growing to epidemic proportions," said Jim McAleer, president and CEO of AAOC. "Along with this growing incidence, our conference becomes increasingly important each year, providing the Southern California region with the very latest data to help guide our efforts in the areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatments."
The event will begin with messages from Frank LaFerla, Ph.D. and Andrea Tenner, Ph.D. of UCI MIND, and AAOC's McAleer, followed by researchers presenting current developments, focusing on new findings that could lead to the next generation of research. The afternoon session will feature two tracks, one aimed at clinicians and one focused on research.
A sampling of topics include:
• predicting future cognitive impairment
• diseases that mimic Alzheimer's
• genetics and rare-variant studies
• imaging for diagnosis
• imaging as a research tool
The 25th Annual Research Conference will be held from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Registration for professionals seeking continuing education units is $225; caregivers, family and Alzheimer's patients are offered a reduced rate of $110. Conference fee includes breakfast, lunch, parking and written materials. For more information, or to register, visit http://act.alz.org/25thAnnualResearchConference or contact Marcelo Soares at (949) 824-9896.
About Alzheimer's Association, Orange County
The Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer's through the advancement of research, to provide and enhance care and support for all affected, and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Since 1982, Alzheimer's Association, Orange County Chapter has been providing programs and services, free of charge, to Orange County residents with Alzheimer's and related disorders, their families, caregivers, and the community. Alzheimer's is a neurodegenerative illness that weakens the memory and other cognitive and emotional functions. For more information, call the 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900, or visit http://www.alz.org/oc. Find AAOC on Facebook and Twitter.
About UCI MIND
Dedicated to the mission of researching ways to make memories last a lifetime, the University of California, Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) is engaged in cutting edge interdisciplinary research to uncover the basic mechanisms of brain aging, characterize the transition from normal aging to Alzheimer's disease, develop new treatments, and identify strategies to maintain brain health. Internationally recognized, UCI MIND is one of 15 prestigious Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (ADRC) funded by the National Institute on Aging, one of the 10 California Alzheimer's Disease Centers, and a leading national site for clinical trials. UCI MIND is Orange County's only federally and state-designated Alzheimer's disease research and clinical center. For more information, call (949) 824-2382 or visit http://www.mind.uci.edu
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