Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, and this terminal, progressive brain disorder has no known cause or cure. More than 5 million Americans are believed to have Alzheimer’s disease; 1 out of every 2 people over age 85 has AD. As the U.S. population ages, those living with the disease could triple to 15 million by 2050.

Brain cells called neurons are damaged and destroyed when Alzheimer’s disease is present. This slowly leads to cognitive impairment including:

  • Memory loss
  • Inability to communicate
  • Personality changes
  • Disorientation
  • Confusion

What UCSD Offers

The UC San Diego Memory Disorders Clinic offers patients innovative treatment from world-renowned leaders in therapeutic research for Alzheimer’s disease.

The Memory Disorders Clinic partners with the Shiley-Marcos Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (the largest academic Alzheimer’s clinical trial program in the world) to translate discoveries into new methods for prevention, diagnosis and treatment.

The Memory Disorders Clinic’s groundbreaking clinical trials and research could soon benefit current and future Alzheimer’s patients.

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