Our Center
The UCSF Memory and Aging Center provides the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, conducts research on causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and educates health professionals, patients and their families.

For almost 20 years, the UCSF Memory and Aging Center has been providing model care for patients and their families, finding innovative ways to understand and hopefully cure these neurodegenerative diseases, and reaching out to the wider community to raise awareness about these diseases of aging. Our multidisciplinary team is made up of neurologists, neuropsychologists, neuroscientists, speech pathologists, genetic counselors, nurses, pharmacologists, social workers, research coordinators, technologists and administrators.

The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. The UCSF Department of Neurology strives to deliver superb patient care, research the causes of and treatments for human nervous system disorders, and educate health care providers and the broader community about aging and neurodegenerative disease. The Memory and Aging Center is housed within the UCSF School of Medicine Department of Neurology.

Mission

The mission of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center is to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, to conduct research on causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and to educate health professionals, patients and their families.

Approach

The global population is undergoing a dramatic change. Thanks to great advances in public health and socioeconomic factors, our elders represent the fastest growing age group worldwide. We celebrate this transition and the wealth of new opportunities to share in the experience and wisdom of our elders. At the same time, we must acknowledge and address the health issues which accompany such a change. The risk of developing neurodegenerative disorders increases with age, and these conditions often require specialized care and treatment. The increasing demand for these services places a large strain on our healthcare system. Moreover, Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and related disorders can have a devastating impact on the lives of patients and their families. Cutting-edge clinical and research endeavors not only make a huge impact on the lives of patients and caregivers now, but also help us to realize our vision of developing therapies to prevent these diseases from destroying lives in the future.

Our vision is to:

  • Find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, frontotemporal dementia and related neurodegenerative conditions;
  • Offer universal and model care to San Francisco community members (and beyond) who are affected or at-risk for these disorders
  • Educate the wider community and health care providers with both in-person training and web-based materials
  • Bring new appreciation to the creativity and wisdom associated with aging
  • Secure stable funding for education, research and clinical care
  • Utilize technology in the clinic to make comprehensive patient care error-free

Collaborations allow us to accomplish more research with fewer resources. Some of our collaborations have broad goals to understand diseases over time while others may have much more specific goals.

The unique Hellman Visiting Artist Program was created to foster dialogue between scientists, caregivers, patients, clinicians and the public regarding creativity and the brain. When the MAC moved to the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in 2012, we immediately imagined Gallery190 with beautiful art hanging in our reception area.