Dementia Research Center
Established by Dr. Piero Antuono in 1985, the Dementia Research Center provides comprehensive diagnostic, follow-up, and research services through its Memory Disorders Clinic, the Brain Autopsy Program, and several study protocols. The Memory Disorders Clinic serves approximately 650 new and/or established patients annually. The multidisciplinary team includes three neurologists, faculty in psychiatry and neuropsychology, a medical social worker, and several nurses who specialize in dementia care and drug study protocols. Dr. Malgorzata Franczak, a graduate form our program has been working with Dr. Antuono in establishing clinical research protocols for several years and has a special interest in mild cognitive impairment (MCI).
The Center's research programs include fMRI in Alzheimer's Disease and Mild Cognitive Impairment, and MR spectroscopy in Alzheimer's Disease and Frontal Lobe Dementia. The Center's physicians and nurses are participating in the Nun Study, a collaborative project with the University of Kentucky to determine early life risk factors for dementia. Several drug trials with memory enhancing agents are currently underway for the prevention as well as treatment of Alzheimer's Disease.
The Dementia Research Center provides educational opportunities for the community, and physicians through an on-site caregiver support group, local workshops and seminars as well as presentations at national and international conferences. Specialized training in Dementia is also provided for geriatricians, neurologists, psychiatry residents, and medical students.
Links of Interest
National Alzheimer's Association
Alzheimer's Association - Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter
Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute