UC, Irvine Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia
1113 Gillespie, N.R.F.
Irvine, CA 92697-4540
Website: UC Irvine ARCC
Principal Investigator: Carl W. Cotman, Ph.D.
Medical Director: Gaby Thai, M.D.
The University of California, Irvine (UCI) ARCC, established in 1989, operates within the Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia located on the main UCI campus. The Center provides the infrastructure and support for the recruiting and diagnosis of patients
with Alzheimer’s disease, the supplying of well-characterized patients to investigators for research, the education of caregivers and professionals in the community, and the translation of research into practice. The Center seeks to extend services to minority and less-represented elderly individuals through joint community programs and other collaborative associations. The ARCC fulfills a unique niche. The ARCC recruits a wide variety of patients in addition to those with Alzheimer’s disease, such as those with mild cognitive impairment, vascular dementia, complex dementias, etc. This provides a population that represents a cross-section of the dementias facing the elderly. The ARCC also sponsors extensive outreach programs into the community, educational conferences,special workshops for community professionals, and an annual conference sponsored jointly with the Alzheimer’s Association. Finally, the ARCC serves to translate basic findings into practice within the community.
The current University California, Irvine ARCC Center focuses on three areas in AD research and care: diagnosis, intervention, and cost-effectiveness. These areas will be addressed through projects aimed at improving diagnostic technology and treatment
strategies as well as economical translation of findings into the broader health care community. Better behavioral and pharmaceutical interventions should be developed in tandem. The current health care delivery environment and constrained budgets in both the public and private sectors require solutions that are cost-effective for patients, caregivers, and businesses