The UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders (UCI MIND) is internationally recognized for its research accomplishments in age-related brain disorders. UCI MIND is the University’s center for aging and dementia research, with our faculty seeking to understand the causes leading to neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia, Lewy body dementia, and Huntington’s disease.
For more than 30 years, UCI MIND has been at the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease research. It is home to one of 30 Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers (ADRC) funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a branch of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and one of 10 California Alzheimer’s Disease Centers funded by the California Department of Public Health.Specifically, the UCI ADRC aims to:
- Describe the cognitive and underlying brain changes that differentiate normal aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer’s disease.
- Investigate ways to identify, diagnose, and treat Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
- Better understand cognitive aging in special populations, including the oldest old and individuals with Down syndrome.
- Engage older adults in a variety of studies on memory and aging and investigation of improved treatments.
- Serve as the expert source of information on memory and aging for Orange County seniors, health care professionals, aging service providers, and the community at large.