UC Irvine Alzheimer's disease expert to discuss latest research findings

Public invited to learn more about molecular and clinical risk factors

January 11, 2016

UC Irvine Health invites the public to learn more about the latest research into risk factors that may trigger neurological dysfunction and changes in the aging brain related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Frank LaFerla, PhD, Hana and Francisco J. Ayala School Dean of Biological Sciences and director of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center, will share his expert insights at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 25 at the Newport Beach Central Library.  The discussion is part of the library’s lecture series “Medicine in our backyard: the leading edge.”

The Alzheimer’s Disease Center at UC Irvine is one of only 27 in the U.S. and the only one in Orange County to have received designation from the National Institute on Aging. More than 100 investigators are involved in Alzheimer’s disease research and care through clinical evaluation, neuropathology, community outreach and education, and data management and statistics.

LaFerla’s research focuses on understanding the pathogenesis of Alzheimer’s disease, the most common form of dementia.  His scholarly work has had a global influence on the field, as some of the models he has generated have been distributed to 150+ researchers in more than 20 countries around the world. He has published over 200 original peer-reviewed articles and was ranked in the top 1 percent of cited researchers in his field.

Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions following the presentation.

The Newport Beach Central Library is located at 1000 Avocado Avenue, Newport Beach, CA 92660.

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