for people ages 40-85 (full criteria)
Healthy Volunteers
healthy people welcome
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Principal Investigator
by Mario F Mendez, MD, PhD (ucla)



This study attempts to identify two types of AD by using clinical and cognitive tasks and brain imaging. The subtypes of AD are separated into a "typical" group (memory loss) and a "variant" group (language, visuospatial, and other cognitive difficulties). Performance on the clinical tasks and brain imaging will be compared among the young-onset Alzheimer's disease group, a late-onset Alzheimer's disease group, and a control group.


Unlike the usual late-onset Alzheimer's disease (LOAD), early-onset AD (EOAD), with onset before age 65, includes a high percentage of phenotypic variants. These non-familial, variants (vEOAD) present, not with progressive memory loss, but with language, visuospatial, or other cognitive difficulties. AD is now understood as a disorder that manifests with disturbed cognition reflecting disturbed neural networks. A multivariate analysis of neuropsychological tests, the "gold standard" for objectively defining neurocognitive impairments, coupled with structural and functional neuroimaging analysis of connectomes, can identify the neurocognitive-neural network profiles of vEOAD patients, compared to those with typical AD. This knowledge can increase our understanding of the heterogeneity of AD and how it causes disease. This study hopes to show that vEOAD constitutes a "Type 2 AD", by (1) defining the neuropsychological components of Type 2 AD, and (2) understanding the anatomy and atrophy of the brains of vEOAD patients. Together, these components can outline the neurocognitive-neural network profile of Type 2 AD. In addition to information that can help in the diagnosis and management of EOAD, this study can stimulate novel research into the reasons for this neurobiological heterogeneity in AD and could potentially lead to interventions based on alternate neurocognitive-neural network profiles.


Alzheimer Disease, Early Onset Alzheimer Disease Alzheimer Disease, Late Onset Dementia, Alzheimer Type Logopenic Progressive Aphasia Primary Progressive Aphasia Visuospatial/Perceptual Abilities Posterior Cortical Atrophy Executive Dysfunction Corticobasal Degeneration Ideomotor Apraxia Alzheimer's disease Young-onset variant visuospatial language apraxia control dementia memory MRI neurology neuropsychology brain Aphasia Apraxias Aphasia, Primary Progressive Pick Disease of the Brain Frontotemporal Dementia Apraxia, Ideomotor Late Onset Disorders


You can join if…

Open to people ages 40-85

for patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD):

  1. Meet criteria for AD.
  2. Meet clinical criteria for either typical amnestic AD or variant phenotypes of early-onset (EOAD, or "Type 2 AD").
  3. Mild-moderate dementia severity
  4. Sufficient English fluency to complete neuropsychological testing in English.
  5. Ability to provide consent for participation, or willingness to provide assent and a legally-authorized representative willing to provide surrogate consent.
  6. Availability of a caregiver informant for participation

You CAN'T join if...

for patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD):

  1. Complicating medical illnesses.
  2. Significant primary visual impairments.
  3. Major psychiatric illness not due to the dementia.
  4. Confounding medications.
  5. Inclusion criteria for control participants:
  6. Score 28/30 or higher on the Folstein Mini-Mental Status Exam.
  7. Age 40-85 years old
  8. Able to provide consent for participation and express willingness to participate in one-year follow-up visits.
  9. Have sufficient English fluency to complete neuropsychological testing in English.
  10. Exclusion criteria for control participants:
  11. Complicating medical illnesses.
  12. Significant primary visual impairments.
  13. Major psychiatric illness not due to the dementia.
  14. Confounding medications.


  • UCLA Department of Neurology accepting new patients
    Los Angeles California 90095 United States

Lead Scientist at UC Health

  • Mario F Mendez, MD, PhD (ucla)
    Professor-in-Residence, Neurology. Authored (or co-authored) 123 research publications.


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