February 2023 Newsletter

USC Neurology/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Spotlight

We are excited to share with you a recent video highlighting the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s (ADRC) cutting-edge research and patient care. The ADRC is dedicated to finding new treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and improving the lives of those currently affected by the disease.  

This video features interviews with leading researchers and clinicians at the center. They discuss their work on understanding the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s, identifying biomarkers/genetic risk factors, and developing novel drugs to slow or stop the disease. Also featured are clinical-trial participants who share their experiences with how AD has impacted their lives and the lives of their family members.

Dr. Helena Chui, a clinical neurologist who specializes in treating patients with AD, directs the ADRC. With over 40 years of experience, she and her team are dedicated to providing the highest quality treatment for patients with the disease. 

Other notable researchers at the center include Dr. Lon Schneider, Dr. John Ringman, and Dr. Hussein Yassine. Their work to advance our understanding of AD involves identifying biomarkers, improving imaging techniques for earlier detection of the disease, and developing new therapies. 

Dr. Hussein Yassine is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Neurology at USC. The Yassine Lab utilizes innovative techniques such as Ion Mobility to measure HDL particles, stem cell therapy (led by Dr. Bilal Kerman, an Assistant Professor of Medicine), and gene editing (led by Dr. Shaowei Wang, a post-doctoral fellow) to create new therapies that can halt or even reverse the damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease. The Yassine Lab research focuses on APOE4, a version of the APOE gene that is the strongest genetic risk factor for developing AD, by using basic science, imaging, and clinical trials

In addition to advancing research and providing care, the ADRC also has an active outreach program that works to educate the public about AD. Through their partnerships with community organizations, healthcare providers, and a wide network of researchers, the center not only raises awareness about the disease but also provides resources and support to patients and families who are affected by it.

In summary, the USC Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is dedicated to finding novel treatments and improving the lives of those affected by Alzheimer’s Disease. They achieve this through their focus on quality research, developing novel therapies, community care, and education.

We hope you find this video informative and inspiring. If you or a loved one is affected by Alzheimer’s, we encourage you to visit the USC Neurology/Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center website to learn more about the services they offer.

Thank you and Until Next Month,

The Yassine Lab

To find publications and learn more, please visit: yassinelab.com

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