International Alliance Against Alzheimer’s

Tel Aviv, Israel

The ravages of Alzheimer’s know no boundaries – and neither do the researchers who are working to conquer the disease. International collaboration stimulates discovery, and to that end, faculty from the Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences and Tel Aviv University in Israel have launched an academic partnership.

In June, UCI MIND Alzheimer’s researchers (from left) Frank LaFerla, David Cribbs, Mathew Blurton-Jones, Carl Cotman and Kim Green, as well as Victoria Jones (right), assistant vice chancellor for global engagement, attended the 24th Tel Aviv University Alzheimer’s Disease Conference.

Members of the UCI contingent study a range of topics. LaFerla and Blurton-Jones are exploring the use of stem cells to treat the disease’s hallmark brain plaques and tangles. Cotman is investigating the effects of diet and exercise. And Cribbs and Green are studying how to pit the body’s own immune system against Alzheimer’s.

In September, the Ayala School hosted Tel Aviv University’s Danny Chamovitz, dean of life sciences, and Daniel Michaelson, professor of neurobiology, for a short seminar titled “UCI MIND-Tel Aviv University: A Collaboration,” sponsored by UCI’s Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders.