Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders
Help Barrow achieve its mission of transforming Alzheimer’s from a devastating diagnosis to a manageable, chronic condition.
Donate to Alzheimer’s Research and Treatments
Alzheimer’s disease has a profound and devastating impact on both patients and their loved ones. At first, those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s may forget details such as important dates, events, and directions to familiar places. As the disease progresses, they can lose their sense of time and place and may experience drastic changes in mood or personality. The most difficult part of Alzheimer’s comes when a loved one no longer remembers their spouse of 50 years or their children and grandchildren. They are still there physically, but they are far from the person they used to be.
The Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Program at Barrow Neurological Institute, led by Anna D. Burke, MD, is committed to providing comprehensive clinical care for patients with memory disorders. The outreach and patient support team is 100% funded by philanthropy, and while providing compassionate patient care, they also work diligently on conducting groundbreaking research for the treatments of tomorrow. This would not be possible without donor support.
How Common is Alzheimer's disease?
Donations Are Changing the Lives of Patients with Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders
See what we achieved in research and patient care last year by downloading the FY23 Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders Stewardship Report below.
On the Horizon
Thanks to a generous donation, Barrow has created the Dan Cracchiolo and Pam Grant Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Fellowship to train the next generation of leading dementia specialists. This fellowship will graduate physicians who have the clinical skills to care for individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia and other cognitive disorders, as well as the scientific skills to become leaders in researching the risks, predictors, prevention, diagnostic tests and potential treatments. In addition, the program will seek to retain Fellows in Arizona in order to make the state more dementia capable, and expand care and knowledge, including underserved rural areas where treatment and care is currently more difficult to obtain.
The team is currently conducting a clinical trial that investigates a treatment for Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) patients with the progranulin (GRN) gene mutation.
Anna D. Burke, MD, and Marwan Sabbagh, MD, are studying the potential an anti-Abeta vaccine has to slow the development of Alzheimer’s for people living with Down syndrome.
Marwan Sabbagh, MD, is focusing on repurposing the FDA-approved drug Revlimid to treat mild cognitive impairment, which is often a precursor for Alzheimer’s. Dr. Sabbagh is also investigating the use of a multiple sclerosis drug to slow down neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s.
Yonas E. Geda, MD, focuses on lifestyle changes that can prevent the onset of dementia, such as the impact of physical activity on cognitive changes in older adults
The Spring Symposium offered an opportunity to learn more about brain health, specifically how diet, activity level, and mental health impact cognition.
In-person Memory Cafés sessions gathered participants into a large group and then separate into breakout groups for care partners and patients.
A new “My Dementia Journey Workshop” is a four-part workshop series covering topics such as dementia education, nutrition for brain health, speech pathology, and long-term care planning.
The outreach support team began an in-person outreach campaign, representing the Program at care partner educational events for Huger Mercy Living Center, Hospice of the Valley, and more.
Your Donations at Work
At Barrow Neurological Foundation, your donation is crucial in supporting three key areas: advanced patient care, curative research, and education for the next generation of neuroscientists. Learn more about how your donation impacts each of the areas we treat.
ALS and Neuromuscular Disease
Support groundbreaking research and clinical trials to give ALS patients a better quality of life.
Aneurysm and AVM
Support Barrow scientists in developing lifesaving treatments for aneurysm and AVM patients.
Concussion and Brain Injury
Help Barrow provide patients from all walks of life with exceptional concussion and TBI research, treatment and care
Franke Global Neuroscience Education Center
Help us improve access to neurological care in the developing world through world-class education and training.
Ivy Brain Tumor Center
Support the Ivy Brain Tumor Center’s mission to find a cure for brain cancer.
Neuro-Rehabilitation and Neuro-Robotics
Help patients who have suffered neurological injuries overcome life-changing obstacles and achieve maximum independence.
Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders
Support research and care to give Parkinson’s patients a better quality of life.
Petznick Stroke Center
Help Barrow ensure that every person who has a stroke receives expert vascular neurology care.
Sonntag Spine Center
Support Barrow in revolutionizing the treatment of spinal disorders so patients can live pain free.