Over 5.8 million Americans live with dementia and this number is only expected to increase. Providing essential care to these Americans are 16 million caregivers (typically family members) who sacrifice their time and energy and even their health to provide over 18.5 billion hours of unpaid care each year. Caregivers are critical to the nation’s dementia care system, as they have the potential to slow the decline of their loved ones with dementia. However, this does not come without a cost. Caregivers are more likely to have poorer quality of life and more markers of poor health than non-caregivers. For these reasons, the Virginia Alzheimer’s Disease Center is committed to improving outcomes and disorder trajectories for persons with dementia and their caregivers.

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Neurologists treat disorders of the nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. 

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Scientists at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have developed a tool to monitor communications within the brain in a way never before possible...


New approaches under study at UVA could revolutionize treatment for conditions from Alzheimer’s to epilepsy to brain tumors – and even help repair the devastating damage caused by stroke

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Upcoming Events

Neuroscience Graduate Program

Virtual (Zoom)

Neuroscience Graduate Program Seminar Series presents Dr. Delia Maria Talos from the University of Pennsylvania for a talk on Altered Immune Signaling in Epilepsy: Evidence from Experimental Models and Human Pathology.   

Lack of Diversity Impact

Virtual (Zoom)

Goldie S. Byrd, PhD will be presenting The Underrepresentation of Blacks in Research: How is Our Absence from Research Hurting us As a Race? Roland J. Thorpe, Jr., PhD will be presenting The Critical Need for Black Men in Research.

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Virtual (Zoom)

Dr. Jamie Morris will be presenting, "Assessing the Impact of Epigenetic Age Acceleration on Functional Connectivity in a Sample of Older Adults"