Breaking news for the amyloid imaging community: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has agreed to a 100 million dollar, 4 year, 200 center study of 18,000 individuals assessing the utility of amyloid imaging in a clinical setting. This will be the ultimate assessment of whether amyloid PET scans should be covered by Medicare. And the study is being spearheaded by our very own Gil Rabinovici!
Find the official statement from the Alzheimer’s Associations here.
A detailed article covering the story can be found here.
The Jagust Lab was very busy at the 2015 Human Amyloid Imaging meeting in Miami!
A summary of some of the meeting highlights, including coverage of many Jagust Lab presentations, can be found in this AlzForum release .
Also, a huge congratulations to Gil for winning this year’s Christopher Clark award
Another fantastic holiday party at the Jagust Lab. We forgot to take a picture when everyone was present, but here are some of the last remaining partiers on their way out with the leftovers!
The Jagust Lab is in the news again! Congratulations to Jeremy, Hwamee and the Jagust Lab for a new publication in Nature Neuroscience!
Neural compensation in older people with brain amyloid-β deposition
Nat Neurosci. 2014 Sep 14. doi: 10.1038/nn.3806
Elman JA, Oh H, Madison CM, Baker SL, Vogel JW, Marks SM, Crowley S, O’Neil JP, Jagust WJ
Here are a few links to news reports that were written about the paper!
Big congrats to Steffi and her husband Frank, on welcoming their son Fabian to the world! Little Fabian looks healthy and happy, and gets to enjoy a life with dual german-american citizenship!
The Jagust Lab and Chetelat Lab have begun a trans-atlantic collaboration in the form of regular meetings and idea exchanges. With our powers combined, we are...
THE JETLAG LAB
Our goal: to combine ideas and knowledge to mutually benefit from one another and advance our field!
Our main nemesis: a 9 hour time difference.
Stay tuned for the fruits of our collaboration!
p.s. Members of the French lab can be identified by their drink choice in the photo ;-)
Congratulations to Hwamee for winning the de Leon prize in Neuroimaging for best paper of the year!
The award was presented at the by ISTAART at the AAIC annual conference in Copenhagen. Hwamee won the award for her paper:
Frontotemporal network connectivity during memory encoding is increased with aging and disrupted by beta-amyloid
J Neurosci. 2013 Nov 20;33(47):18425-37
Oh H, Jagust WJ
For the annual lab outing, the Jagust Lab enjoys a hike, followed by oyster shucking at Tomales Bay!
Big congrats to Katie for passing her qualifying examination! She is now an offical PhD Candidate!
We are all excited to give best wishes to Susan and Pierre, welcoming their new adorable son Benjamin.
Shawn Marks has passed his quals!! (Way to go Shawn!)
And Katelyn Begany is officially joining the lab as a graduate student. We are all excited to see her work on graph theory!
Professor Jagust is the recipient of the 2013 American Academy of Neurology’s Potamkin Prize for Research in Pick’s, Alzheimer’s, and Related Diseases
Jeremy Elman and his wife welcome their son Henry. It turns out the extra time he took in coming was put to good use as he weighed in at 8 lbs. 1 oz. - or about a pound and some spare change more than any of the doctors were expecting. Erin was an absolute champ and Henry is healthy, happy and - if I do say so myself - incredibly cute.
Special shout out to Bryce Mander and Professor Matt Walker for their Nature Neruoscience Paper
(August 2012) Rafting
To celebrate new people and hold onto the last days of summer, a day of rafting made for a perfect day.
Prof. William Jagust has been awarded:
2012 Faculty Award for Excellence in Postdoctoral Mentoring from UC Berkeley
We all celebrate this well-deserved award! Way to go Bill!! (What Would Jagust Do?)
The Men of the Jagust Lab
It has been busy up at LBL, here is a pic of our new scanner before it was installed.
Sample of News Stories related to recent paper
Arch Neurol. 2012 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print]
Association of Lifetime Cognitive Engagement and Low β-Amyloid Deposition.
Landau SM, Marks SM, Mormino EC, Rabinovici GD, Oh H, O’Neil JP, Wilson RS, Jagust WJ.
In the News
Keeping brain sharp may ward off Alzheimer’s protein
By Julie Steenhuysen, Reuters
Steady Diet of Mental Stimulation Might Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk
By Steven Reinberg, HealthDay (appearing in US News & World Report)
Brain Games May Help Thwart Alzheimer’s: Study
By Dr. Hadi Halazun, ABCNews.com
How books, puzzles may help ward off Alzheimer’s
MyHealthNewsDaily (appearing on MSNBC.com)
And Suzanne workin’ on the scanner