There are several research efforts related to Alzheimer's taking place at Mount Sinai. Highlights are detailed here:
- New imaging chemicals permit scientists to see Alzheimer's amyloid pathology on brain scans of living mice for the first time.
- Use of new transgenic mice and new imaging chemicals to screen for new Alzheimer's drugs that reduce amyloid buildup, including natural compounds from red wine (resveratrol) and drugs that improve how nerve cells communicate.
- New brain scans that evaluate brain function and aid in detecting and diagnosing the earliest stages of Alzheimer's.
- Clinical trials of the newest and most promising Alzheimer's drugs including amyloid vaccines and anti-amyloid drugs.
- Clinical trials and basic mechanisms of possible breakthrough drugs (e.g., Dimebon) in line for possible approval by the FDA.
Mary Sano, Ph.D., Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mary Sano is professor of psychiatry and the director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. She is also the director of research and development at the Bronx Veterans Administration Hospital.
Sano is a neuropsychologist by training and has been involved in designing and conducting clinical trials for the treatment and prevention of cognitive loss and dementia. She has also directed the development of neuropsychological assessment as outcomes for clinical trials in Spanish speakers in the U.S. and has developed methods for standardizing cognitive outcomes in clinical trial assessment in Europe and Asia.
Her work also includes the development of methodologies to assess cognitive function in the elderly with special needs such as Down Syndrome.
Sano is a major contributor to both national and international organizations on the care and treatment of those with dementia. She is a member of the task force to develop guidelines for developing diagnostic criteria for the diagnosis of dementia for the DSM V and she is a member of the Prevention Research Work Group for the Healthy Brain Initiative sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Aging.
In addition, Sano is an invited speaker at the NIA's workshop on methodological issues in randomized clinical trials in the elderly and an invited panel discussant for the DHHS Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) on Inclusion of Individuals with Impaired Decision-making in Research. She is also the director of several NIH funded, multi-center clinical trials on the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Samuel Gandy, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Director, Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, Mount Sinai Medical Center
Dr. Sam Gandy, is Mount Sinai professor of Alzheimer's disease research, professor of neurology and psychiatry, associate director of the Mount Sinai Alzheimer's Disease Research Center in New York City, and immediate past chairman, National Medical and Scientific Advisory Council of the Alzheimer's Association.