AAGP eNews
Oct. 21, 2014

New Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program at Vanderbilt University
The Department of Psychiatry at Vanderbilt University is pleased to announce its ACGME-accredited geriatric psychiatry fellowship geared toward training the next generation of leaders in clinical and academic geriatric psychiatry. A joint effort between the Vanderbilt University Department of Psychiatry and the Tennessee Valley Healthcare Systems VA Hospitals, the fellowship program provides a well-rounded educational and clinical training experience in geriatric psychiatry within the context of an outstanding academic medical center with a broad base of clinical and research activities relevant to aging.More

AAGP 2015 Annual Meeting
Late-Breaking Posters
The AAGP Annual Meeting Program Committee has reserved a few select slots for a limited number of late-breaking research posters with an extended deadline of January 15, 2015. Please note that due the lateness of the submission, they will not be included in the AJGP Abstract Supplement.

Late-breaking abstracts are abstracts that describe important current research advances and have not been submitted previously. Late-breaking abstracts are not a second chance for those who missed the official abstract deadline. State-of-the-art studies with up-to-date results will be considered as late-breaking abstracts. Late-breaking abstracts reporting secondary data analyses must include an explanation for why they were not submitted as of the regular deadline. The selection of abstracts will be based on scientific quality and novelty of research either in basic or clinical science.

To submit your Late-Breaking Poster, click here.More

This Alzheimer's breakthrough could be a game changer
Researchers have overcome a major barrier in the study of Alzheimer's that could pave the way for breakthroughs in our understanding of the disease, a new report shows — and that new understanding could, in turn, pave the way for drugs that treat or interrupt the progression of the neurodegenerative condition. More

Radiologists use MRIs to find biomarker for Alzheimer's disease
Los Angeles Times
A brain imaging technique that uses no radiation and no contrast agent appears to detect the earliest signs of impending cognitive decline in the elderly, a new study says. Paired with an assessment that looks for other warning signs, researchers said the imaging test may offer an easy, low-cost way to single out seniors at high risk of developing Alzheimer's disease for intervention before mental decline is evident.More

Brain cells with Alzheimer's disease grown in a petri dish
There's a new tool for researchers in pursuit of a cure for Alzheimer's disease: lab-grown brains. For the first time, neuroscientists from Massachusetts General Hospital have grown functioning human brain cells that develop Alzheimer's disease in a petri dish. The breakthrough offers researchers a new method to test cures and decipher the origins of the disease.More

Nobel discovery opens window onto Alzheimer's disease
Reuters via The Huffington Post
The discovery of cells in the brain that act as the body's internal global positioning system, which won three scientists the Nobel Prize for medicine, opens an intriguing new window onto dementia. Since these spatial cells are among the first to be hit in Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia — explaining why sufferers often lose their way — understanding how they are degraded should shed important light on the disease process.More

Researchers propose new milestones to augment National Alzheimer's Plan
News Medical
The U.S. Government has initiated a major effort to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer's disease by 2025. However, a workgroup of nearly 40 Alzheimer's researchers and scientists says the research milestones in the U.S. Government's National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease must be broadened in scope, increased in scale, and adequately funded in order to successfully achieve this goal. A series of proposals by the workgroup to enlarge and strengthen the Plan are published in Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association. More

When dementia leaves you asking, 'now what?'
McKnight's Long Term Care News
For so many of us working in senior care, we are often approached by family members and caregivers with questions about the uncertainty of the dementia journey. "I have a loved one at home that I can no longer care for, now what?" ... "My loved one has Alzheimer's disease, and I can't afford to place him in a secured community, now what?" ... "Our family argues about the care for mom and her finances, now what?" More

Radiologists use MRIs to find biomarker for Alzheimer's disease
Los Angeles Times
A brain imaging technique that uses no radiation and no contrast agent appears to detect the earliest signs of impending cognitive decline in the elderly, a new study says.More

5 states expected to see the biggest increase in Alzheimer's disease
Motley Fool
Cancer and heart disease may be far more prevalent killers, but Alzheimer's disease is certainly no ailment to overlook, considering that it's the eighth leading cause of death in the United States.More

UCLA researcher: Therapeutic program reverses Alzheimer's memory loss
McKnight's Long Term Care News
An intensive therapy regimen involving medication, diet and behavioral changes successfully reversed Alzheimer's-related memory loss in a first-of-its-kind trial, according to findings out of the University of California, Los Angeles.More

How to help prevent dementia
Even though we sometimes forget things as we get older, dementia is not a part of normal aging, say experts from Alzheimer's Disease International, which just released the World Alzheimer Report 2014. Here are some of the key recommendations from this report. More

Dementia: Memory apps and lighting 'as important as drugs'
People with dementia in Liverpool, England, have been helping develop new technologies for the condition. They have helped create and test memory-aiding apps as well as trying out artificial lighting to mimic changes in natural light, something one patient said could be "as big a part in treatment as medication."More

Cold sores increase the risk of dementia
Medical Xpress
Infection with herpes simplex virus increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease. Researchers at Umeå University, Sweden, claim this in two studies in the journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. Alzheimer's disease is the most common among the dementia diseases. In recent years research has increasingly indicated that there is a possible connection between infection with a common herpes virus, herpes simplex virus type 1 and Alzheimer's disease. A majority of the population carries this virus. More