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As the world’s largest nonprofit funder of Alzheimer’s disease research, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to accelerating the global progress of new treatments, preventions and, ultimately, a cure. 

Here in South Carolina, our Alzheimer's Research Conference is an excellent way to learn about the latest and most exciting scientific advances!

For example, recent conference speaker Dr. Jane Joseph and her team at the Medical University of South Carolina are working to better understand how patterns of connectivity in the brain are disrupted by Alzheimer’s. 

The goal? To identify characteristics in the brain that will help us diagnose Alzheimer’s even earlier.

“Alzheimer’s disease is increasing in prevalence. Meanwhile, clinical trials for treatments suggest that we need to intervene earlier,” says Joseph. “Our lab is applying neuroimaging techniques to different risk groups to try to detect possible Alzheimer’s disease earlier in the process.”

Through an observation study, Dr. Joseph and her team seek to characterize the brain network in those with Alzheimer’s disease, in order to see if those characteristics are present (or if they develop) in brains of those with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).

Dr. Joseph invites individuals age 45-85 with a diagnosis of MCI or early stage Alzheimer’s disease to learn more and consider enrolling.

Want to know more? View information and slides from the SC Alzheimer's Research Conference, which was held on November 15, 2019 in Columbia, SC.

To read more about our global impact on Alzheimer's disease and dementia research, visit alz.org/research.