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The Memory and Aging Center at Keck Medicine of USC in Los Angeles provides the most advanced diagnostic and treatment services available for Alzheimer's Disease, other types of dementia and diseases related to aging. The center includes the memory clinic, the National Institutes of Health Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and two California Alzheimer's Disease Centers. The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center reaches out to the multi-ethnic communities in the greater Los Angeles area with focused efforts on cognitive changes related to aging, Alzheimer's disease and cardiovascular disease. We invite you and your family to find out more about our clinical trials and other services.

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December 5, 2016

Type II Diabetes and Brain Health

Over 20 years ago researchers discovered a connection between diabetes, particularly type II diabetes, and dementia in older adults. Prior to this discovery, scientists had already noticed a positive association between vascular circulation and cognitive function as the inability of the vascular system to circulate oxygen throughout the body, including the brain, correlated with cognitive decline. During increased periods of intellectual engagement, there is an increase in the flow of oxygen rich blood in the areas of the brain that are being activated. Individuals with type II diabetes...



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Update: It’s both Diabetes Awareness Month and Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November 15, 2016

These are important awareness campaigns that overlap during this month. Funded by the NIH, the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center focuses on mild cognitive changes related to aging, Alzheimer’s disease and cerebrovascular disease (CVD) in multi-ethnic communities. The Center aims to elucidate vascular contributions to Alzheimer’s disease. We have new research study called that examines […]



MCI 5K Training/Exercise Group

September 23, 2016

See the following poster or http://adrc.usc.edu/5ktraining, our main 5K Training page, for more details!


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Exercise for Healthier Brain Briefing for Congressional Staffers in DC

September 22, 2016

Research has shown that physical activity has a positive impact on brain health, but more work is needed to better understand the mechanisms in play to encourage people to reap the full benefits, said a panel of experts at a 7 Sept. Capitol Hill briefing on physical activity and brain health. “Moving Toward a Healthy […]


Pacific Hills Students with Carey Mulligan

September 21st is World Alzheimer’s Day

September 21, 2016

USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center collaborated with Alzheimer’s Society of the UK. Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan, an Ambassador to the Alzheimer’s Society delivered a Dementia Friends Information Session. Carey spoke to USC undergraduates and high school students at Pacific Hills High School in West Hollywood.



Spanish-Language Talk on Alzheimer’s Disease and Current Research

July 13, 2016

We are excited to have Dr. Sonia Pawluczyk, ADRC physician, present a Spanish-language talk for the community on Alzheimer’s disease and current research. She will be speaking with Anthony Rendon, Speaker of the California Assembly at Plaza Mexico in Lynwood on July 14th from 9 to 11 in the morning. “We are doing a Spanish-language […]



A4 Study at USC ADRC featured on the TODAY Show

June 22, 2016

At the USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center, one of our A4 Study participants was interviewed by the TODAY Show’s Maria Shriver for a special segment on Alzheimer’s research and the A4 Study. The segment aired today, June 21st during the 8:00am hour. The show also featured our clinical staff working with one of our study […]



PBS Special on NOVA titled “Can Alzheimer’s be Stopped?”

April 13, 2016

Wednesday, April 13, 2016 PBS Special on NOVA titled “Can Alzheimer’s be Stopped?” 9 PM Eastern/8PM Central The NOVA episode “Can Alzheimer’s be Stopped?” will highlight the A4 Study which is being conducted at USC and throughout the United States, Canada and Australia. The program will include interviews with investigators and one of the A4 […]



EARLY MEMORY LOSS FORUM for Families and Those with Early Memory Loss

April 4, 2016

There is an upcoming forum with USC ADRC’s Dr. Helena Chui as one of the main morning speakers. This is a wonderful event for your patients/clients who have MCI or early/mild dementia. Sunday, April 10th, 2016. EMLF registration form



3rd Annual Zilkha Symposium on Alzheimer Disease & Related Disorders

April 3, 2016

3rd Annual Zilkha Symposium on Alzheimer Disease and Related Disorders. The event will be held on Friday, April 15, 2016 in our ZNI Herklotz Seminar Room (room 112) beginning at 9:00AM. This research conference brings together researchers from across the globe. For more information, please email: Emily.Chu@med.usc.edu 3 rd Annual Zilkha Symposium on Alzheimer Disease […]


Doctor studying an MRI scan of the Brain

Is the incidence of Alzheimer disease decreasing?

December 9, 2015

Several recent studies support the notion that the incidence of dementia and Alzheimer disease has been decreasing over at least the past 25 years, and at a remarkable rate. In cohort studies from Stockholm just published in the journal Neurology (Qiu et al 2013) and from Rotterdam published last year in the same journal (Schrijvers […]



Brain Health

December 8, 2015

Stress Reduction Tip #1: It’s the Thoughts (& Actions) That Count With Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Our first stress reduction tip is brought to us by Daryaneh Badaly, a doctoral student, psychotherapist, and researcher at the University of Southern California (USC). She has worked in the Departments of Psychology and Neurology at USC, as well as at […]



Brain Games: Can they fix my memory?

December 7, 2015

I hear it almost every day: my patients LOVE Sudoku and Luminosity. They just beam with pride while sharing how much they’ve improved their brain game, well, game. They see the increases as proof that they are “training” their brains, “using it rather than losing it,” and “getting smarter” but I’m not so sure. They’re […]



Memory Tip #1 Stop Worrying!

December 4, 2015

Feeling like your memory has gone MIA? It may be time to… get over it! Memory declines with age and a few “menopause moments” are completely normal. Now, if you are still thinking: my memory is REALLY bad or I’ve completely lost it …PLEASE STOP!



Story about USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center in local paper now has more than 100,000 views in just a weekend online

December 1, 2015

Superstar Neurologist Dr. Helena Chui To Speak At Stroke Prevention Seminar Free Stroke Prevention Seminar Returns To Downey Oct. 29; Pre-Registration Required. WRITTEN BY : Greg Waskul, Contributor News104154 views 3 days ago DOWNEY – One of the world’s leading neurologists will be the keynote speaker at the year’s final free Stroke Prevention Seminar at […]



Green Movement: Take Your Mushy Mind Outside

November 28, 2015

When I’m faced with a mental roadblock or just feeling a bit fuzzy upstairs, I take a walk. Afterwards, I usually feel more relaxed and clear headed. Little did I know that my cognitive functioning was also improving! A recent study in Psychological Science reported that cognitive functioning improves after people interact with nature. They […]


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