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David Sultzer, M.D. UCI hires new Alzheimer’s researcher: The UC Irvine Institute for Memory Impairments and Neurological Disorders recently recruited Alzheimer’s disease researcher Dr. David Sultzer to oversee its clinical research operations …. Sultzer is a clinical professor of psychiatry and human behavior. The university said he “plans to incorporate his understanding of the human struggles with these behavioral changes into the fabric of clinical trials,” which he also did while at UCLA. [Subscription required, you can request an electronic copy of the article by sending an email to]
Josh Grill, PhD Biogen to make case to skeptics for its controversial Alzheimer's drug: Others have questioned the drug’s safety data and other aspects of the trial analysis. “The safety concern is swelling or even bleeding in the brain that may result from the process of lowering beta-amyloid levels,” said Dr. Joshua Grill, a neurological disorders expert from the University of California, Irvine. Some aducanumab patients were taken off the drug due to brain swelling and later allowed back into the trial, further complicating findings.
UCI Health psychologist Ariel Neikrug, PhD, director of behavioral sleep services for UCI Health Sleep Medicine Services in Newport Beach, says, “There’s been a lot of research linking short sleep — around six hours a night or less — with cardiovascular disease,”
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