UCI MIND seeks to conduct research to enhance the quality of life for the elderly by identifying factors and life-style approaches that promote successful brain aging. Toward this end, the Institute facilitates and coordinates a number of activities, some of which are listed below:
- Recruit subjects to maintain a research cohort of memory disorder patients, mild cognitively impaired patients, Down syndrome patients, and healthy elderly control subjects.
- Follow patients longterm to evaluate their clinical and neuropsychological health.
- Provide investigators with biological resources such as human brain tissue, serum, DNA and cerebrospinal fluid from well-characterized clinical subjects.
- Cultivate community-based AD-related programs and transmit new information to community professionals and the general public.
- Sponsor seminars and meetings to promote scholarship and information exchange.
- Pursue resource development to stimulate research through individual and collaborative grants.
- Train and educate the next generation of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the field of brain aging and neurodegeneration.
- Develop and maintain common facilities.
- Develop a base of community supporters to facilitate fundraising.
- Support interdisciplinary, investigator-initiated research and recruit and train the next generation of investigators.