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November 2021 Newsletter

How Does One Engage in
Brain Research?

Southern Caregiver Resource Center is hosting “Who Me, A Brain Research Volunteer?”, a virtual presentation to learn how you can be a research participant. Recruitment Partners’ Managing Partner Mike Splaine will talk about the hows and whys of participating in brain health research. This presentation is helpful for anyone interested in research, including those experiencing cognitive decline, family members and caregivers, and even healthy volunteers.

This presentation will be available November 10th from 5pm-6pm PST. Register here!

Race, Ethnicity, and Dementia is now available in Spanish! provides resources for people with dementia, a caregiver, health care professional, researcher, or advocate. The website includes information on clinical trials and studies you can join to help advance ways to treat and prevent dementia. Explore the website in Spanish here.


In more race, ethnicity, and dementia news, Being Patient held a roundtable: “Grassroots Solutions for Racial Equity in Dementia Care “with a panel of experts about the challenges of accessing healthcare for underrepresented communities and strategies to reduce the barriers for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia. This roundtable is part of Being Patient’s Diversity & Dementia series. Access the talk here.

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness and National Family Caregivers Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness and National Family CaregiversMonth. Recruitment Partners recognizes and celebrates the hard work,dedication, and compassion of family caregivers. Family caregivers provideessential care and support to their loved ones. Caring for a loved one can bestressful and can require sacrifices.

There are manycaregiving resources, support groups, and programs. A few we’d like to mention:

During this month, you can share a tribute in honor of a Alzheimer’s caregiver in your life here.


Do you have caregivers of persons with AD in  your network that may benefit from participating in positive emotion    research? CLICK HERE  to view the LEAF Study flyer or visit the study website.  If you are interested in participating in this study, please fill out this survey.


Do you or a loved one have a diagnosis of AD? Do you live in the San Diego area? You or your loved one may benefit from participating in the UCSD Alzheimer’s Disease Research Study.  Participants receive an FDA approved treatment for AD free of cost and they are compensated for their time. To learn more, CLICK HERE to view the UCSD Study flyer. If you are interested in participating in this study, please take this survey.

Journalist Richard Lui shares lessons learned since becoming his father’s caregiver

Journalist Richard Lui discusses his years long journey caring for his father with Alzheimer’s disease. He shares the daily joys and lessons of connecting with his father. These experiences, led him to write the book “Enough About Me: The Unexpected Power of Selflessness” which describes the caregiving experiences and research into the concept of selflessness.

What’s Happening in the Alzheimer’s Field?


London cabbies’ brains are being studied for their navigating skills. It could help Alzheimer’s research.

London cabbies are required to pass a very difficult series of exams known as “the Knowledge”.  To pass, cabbies must memorize and navigate 100,000 businesses and landmarks within the tens of thousands of London streets. A 2000 study determined that learning the Knowledge test causes positive changes in the brain – the hippocampus regions appear to grow larger. These same hippocampus regions are known to shrink in people with Alzheimer’s disease. The hippocampus is instrumental to learning and memory.

London cabbies’ brains are now being tested to help with Alzheimer’s disease research. A project called Taxi Brains run by Alzheimer’s Research UK is underway at University College London. The project studies the brains of London cabbies as they map out taxi routes while undergoing MRI scans. The Taxi Brains team hopes to identify which subregions of the hippocampus are most significantly affected in the brains of those who have studied the Knowledge. Their hope is that the study can lead to the development of diagnostics to detect dementia earlier and treat patients sooner. Lean more here.

New brain maps could help the search for Alzheimer’s treatments

An international consortium of scientists uncovered differences among brain cells in the primary motor cortex of the human brain, marmoset monkey, and mouse. The consortium plans to eventually chart all the regions of the brain. The project is part of the BRAIN initiative’s Cell Census Network to create a “parts list” for human and animal brains.
This research is expected to help researchers develop better animal models of human brain diseases like Alzheimer’s. The research also helps identify why drugs that cure Alzheimer’s in mice haven’t worked in people. Learn more here.

NIA Grant Launches New AI, Aging, Alzheimer’s Research Center

The University of Massachusetts Amherst and Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced the launch of the new Massachusetts AI and Technology Center for Connecter Care in Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease (MassAITC). The center will be funded through a National Institute on Aging (NIA) $20 million grant over the next five years. The center will be for researchers    to study the use of AI in improving Alzheimer’s at-home care with the goal to advance care for people with Alzheimer’s and address healthcare disparities associated with Alzheimer’s disease. Learn more here.

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