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Alzheimer’s Archives

Curcumin’s ability to fight Alzheimer’s studied

Jan. 8, 2015—One of the most promising new treatments for Alzheimer’s disease may already be in your kitchen. Curcumin, a natural product found in the spice turmeric, has been used by many Asian cultures for centuries, and a new study indicates a close chemical analog of curcumin has properties that may make it useful as a treatment for the brain disease.

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New faculty: Dugan explores complexities of Alzheimer’s

Oct. 20, 2014—Laura Dugan strives to bring breakthroughs in neuroscience research and the aging brain together.

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Team takes 4-D look at brain receptor’s role

Aug. 14, 2014—Reporting last week in the journal Cell, researchers from Oregon Health and Science University, Harvard Medical School and Vanderbilt University describe the first “four-dimensional” picture of a brain receptor that plays a key role in learning and memory.

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Study explores genetics behind Alzheimer’s resiliency

Apr. 10, 2014—Autopsies have revealed that some individuals develop the cellular changes indicative of Alzheimer’s disease without ever showing clinical symptoms in their lifetime.

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‘Missing link’ may spur new brain disorder drugs

Mar. 13, 2014—Researchers at the Scripps Research Institute in San Diego and Vanderbilt University have discovered a “missing link” in the structure of a transmembrane receptor that could lead to new treatments for autism, schizophrenia, Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Center for Quality Aging forges community bonds

Aug. 15, 2013—The Vanderbilt Center for Quality Aging is taking the “bench to bedside” concept of translational research out into the community, forming partnerships with assisted living facilities to examine how evidence can be put into action to improve the care of elders.

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Cognitive complaints, Alzheimer’s risk studied

Aug. 1, 2013—A study of cognitive complaints in older adults showed that memory concerns from both the patient and an informant was most predictive of converting to Alzheimer’s disease or dementia within three years.

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AstraZeneca, VU collaborate to develop new treatments for major brain disorders

Jan. 14, 2013—AstraZeneca and Vanderbilt University have signed a research collaboration agreement to identify candidate drugs aimed at treating psychosis and other neuropsychiatric symptoms associated with major brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia.

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Amish aid search for Alzheimer’s genes

Oct. 11, 2012—An analysis of Amish populations revealed novel risk genes for late-onset Alzheimer disease.

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Dr. William Petrie on Alzheimer’s disease

Jan. 19, 2012—Watch video of Dr. William Petrie speaking on Alzheimer’s disease. Petrie spoke Jan. 18 as part of the Osher Lifelong Learning class, “Medical Advances.” The course is presented by faculty of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center and focuses on what the future of medicine holds. Physicians are now able to use a patient’s DNA to select...

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Lunchtime lecture on Alzheimer’s Sept. 6

Aug. 25, 2011—Associate Professor of Medicine James Powers will present "Alzheimer's Disease 2011."

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VUCast: What’s up doc?

Apr. 22, 2011—Why is this burly bunny hopping the halls of VUMC? Plus, building hope for Vanderbilt’s youngest patients, and why a Swedish game show is jumping on the black & gold train!    

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