UA Psychologist to Lead New Core Effort of Arizona Alzheimer's Disease Center

UA Psychologist to Lead New Core Effort of Arizona Alzheimer's Disease Center

More than 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease, and a large population of aging baby boomers could potentially triple that number in the coming decades. As this public health crisis escalates, researchers are working fervently to better understand the disease and who is most at risk for developing it, as well as to find ways to detect it earlier and to slow or halt its progress. Increasingly important in all of these efforts are brain imaging and fluid biomarkers.

"State-of-the art brain imaging with positron emission topography and magnetic resonance imaging, as well as measures of cerebral spinal fluid and blood markers, can help us with early diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, as well as help identify individuals who are likely to develop or are at increased risk for the disease before the development of clinical symptoms," said Gene Alexander, a professor in the University of Arizona Department of Psychology and Department of Psychiatry and director of the UA Brain Imaging, Behavior and Aging Laboratory.

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Published Date: 
11/05/2018 - 14:10