related_community_events

Volunteer

The combination of clinical and research projects available at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center can provide meaningful experiences for volunteers.

Our vibrant combination of clinical and research projects can provide meaningful experiences for volunteers. As a volunteer, you will have the opportunity to work on a wide range of activities and programs while learning more about the neurological functioning of both healthy and ailing people. In addition, students have the opportunity to attend weekly seminars, grand rounds presentations, clinicopathological case conferences, and other research activities.

To Apply

Family Advisory Council

To promote ideal family and patient-centered care in dementia, the UCSF Memory and Aging Center has created a Family Advisory Council that provides family caregiver input regarding the delivery of clinical care services.

To promote ideal family and patient-centered care in dementia, the UCSF Memory and Aging Center has created a Family Advisory Council that provides family caregiver input regarding the delivery of clinical care services. Topics may include feedback regarding the existing services as well as ideas regarding new innovative programs under development or raising awareness regarding the priorities or unmet needs of families and patients at the MAC. The council is comprised of family caregivers who care, or have cared, for persons with dementia.

Join a Supportive Care Trial

Quality of Life Trials or Supportive Care Trials are research studies to evaluate improving the health, care or quality of life for people, typically without using study drugs or devices. UCSF's Memory and Aging Center (MAC) runs selected supportive trials for people with neurodegenerative disease. Your participation helps us evaluate these interventions. If one of our trials looks interesting to you, please talk with your doctor or contact the study team to see if it is appropriate for you.

Gallery 190

The Memory and Aging Center has met individuals who never created art before becoming ill and are now making wonderful, intriguing artwork in the face of their illness. When the MAC moved to the UCSF Mission Bay Campus in 2012, we immediately imagined art hanging in the beautiful reception area of Suite 190.

Gallery 190, sponsored by the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC), is located in the Sandler Neurosciences Building on the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).

Anesthesia

The risk of cognitive decline related to surgery and anesthesia continues to be debated in the scientific literature. Some animal studies suggest that anesthesia may worsen the development of the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease while others identify the surgical procedure itself to be a problem by causing inflammation and release of harmful proteins. Others attribute temporary or permanent cognitive changes to the medications used to manage pain or other complications of being hospitalized. Ultimately, although this is a very active area of research, there are no definitive studies in older humans that prove a causative effect on the brain from anesthesia or provide recommendations on specific choices of anesthesia. Despite this, we hope to be able to identify information that may help our patients with cognitive problems evaluate the risk and make informed choices about surgery and anesthesia.

The risk of cognitive decline related to surgery and anesthesia continues to be debated in the scientific literature. Some animal studies suggest that anesthesia may worsen the development of the plaques and tangles associated with Alzheimer’s disease while others identify the surgical procedure itself to be a problem by causing inflammation and release of harmful proteins. Others attribute temporary or permanent cognitive changes to the medications used to manage pain or other complications of being hospitalized.

UCSF Over 80 Clinic

The staff of the UCSF Over 80 Clinic seek to address the complex dementia care issues commonly seen when caring for the oldest old. This care often requires an in-depth understanding of co-existing non-dementia medical illnesses, medication interactions, and the integrated living environment encountered in care of elders.

The staff of the UCSF Over 80 Clinic seek to address the complex dementia care issues commonly seen when caring for the oldest old. This care often requires an in-depth understanding of co-existing non-dementia medical illnesses, medication interactions, and the integrated living environment encountered in care of elders. In contrast to the clinical priorities for younger patients with cognitive decline, diagnosis is often only a small factor in maximizing outcomes.

Tips for Hospitalization

Hospitalization of a patient with dementia is a potentially stressful experience often associated with negative outcomes for both the patient and family. The “Partner With Me” (PWM) project was developed to educate and connect healthcare providers with family caregivers of our patients with memory impairment.

Hospitalization of a patient with dementia is a potentially stressful experience often associated with negative outcomes for both the patient and family. The majority of dementia care is provided in the home by family caregivers who have intimate knowledge about the patient’s preferences, schedule, communication and comprehension abilities. The "Partner With Me" (PWM) project was developed to educate and connect healthcare providers with family caregivers of our patients with memory impairment.

Prion Resource Sharing

The Memory and Aging Center encourages and facilitates research and publications by current and new investigators. We are eager to help generate successful proposals, secure funding and publish study results. Resources are provided solely for use in academic, not-for-profit research at recognized educational institutions.

Academic, not-for-profit investigators can request the following resources from the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC):

  • Subjects for research studies
  • Archived data
  • Imaging data
  • Tissue specimens
  • Video clips of behaviors

For details, please see our Resource Sharing page.

Prion Research Meetings

Scientific and medical meetings provide a forum for new ideas in research or treatment to be presented to colleagues and discussed. There are several meetings focused on prion disease.

Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function

  • February 5–9, 2017
  • Mantra Lorne, Lorne, Victoria, Australia

Recent Publications About Prion Disease

To read scientific abstracts and articles, please search PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health or browse our selected list of articles about prion disease.

PubMed is a service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. It comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Selected Articles Related to Prion Disease

Syndicate content