UC San Francisco/Fresno Alzheimer's and Memory Center
3313 North Hilliard Lane
Fresno, California 93726
Website: UCSF/Fresno ARCC
Principal Investigator: Lorin Alving, M.D.
Medical Director: Alex C. Sherriffs, M.D., C.A.Q.G.
The UCSF Fresno ARCC was established in 1989. The Center serves the central San Joaquin Valley from Modesto to Bakersfield, and extends its reach to the Central Coastal region of San Luis Obispo County, an area in excess of 33,000
square miles (serving Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, San Louis Obispo, Stanislaus, Tulare and Tuolumne Counties). Staff at the Center have been particularly effective in reaching the diverse ethnic and cultural communities of the Valley, with forty percent of its patients drawn from ethnic minorities.
Within the context of a Center of Excellence, the ultimate mission of the Fresno Center is to make a positive difference in the state of health of people with dementia and in the lives of their families. Utilizing the highly successful multidisciplinary approach, the Center’s team provides state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment services to patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, and extends resource referral and support services to family caregivers.
Research into and education about Alzheimer’s and related dementias completes the Center’s mission. Research interests include diagnosis of early-stage dementia, including the roles of ethnicity and co-morbidity, factors influencing patient and
caregiver compliance with recommendations, and the neuropathology of the dementias. In its role as one of the Alzheimer’s Research Centers of California (ARCC), the Center will focus on the translation of research findings to clinical practice in
The program has been successful in extending outreach to the many small rural communities of the San Joaquin Valley, enhancing the quality of care in the region through the training and education of long-term care professionals.
Since its inception, the Center has provided a rich educational experience for residents through its affiliation with both the Family and Community Medicine and the Psychiatry Departments of the Fresno Medical Education Program. Also, medical students regularly spend time at the Center, often completing Community Medicine projects there. Staff at the Alzheimer’s Center work closely with the Gerontology Department of California State University, Fresno in the development
and teaching of classes related to dementia care.