News Archive 2010-2012

Combining Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease expertise under one roof benefits research, patient care
December 11, 2012 USF Health
Earlier this year, the USF Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center moved from Harbourside Medical Tower on the Tampa General Hospital campus into its new home on the sixth floor of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute....

USF theater students lift holiday spirit of Alzheimer’s caregivers
December 7, 2012 USF Health
The caregivers who attended their long-standing monthly support group at the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute Thursday were treated to some much needed holiday respite.....

Dementia awareness grows with age
December 5, 2012 Watertown Daily Times
Dementia was once thought to be either a natural consequence of aging or related to rare diseases.....

Is holiday depression more common in seniors?
November 24, 2012 TBO.com
The holiday season is often a time for reminiscing and visiting friends and relatives. As a result, older individuals may be more aware of the absence of parents, siblings, other family and friends who have passed away......

Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute awarded Kendal Charitable Funds Grant
November 9, 2012 USF Health
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute has been awarded the Kendal Charitable Funds’ first Promising Innovations grant to develop an Alzheimer’s disease screening program that can be adapted for use in minority communities nationwide.....

Tampa Alzheimer’s institute to hold screening day
October 31, 2012 Herald-Tribune
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa encourages community members to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free, confidential memory screenings and information about memory loss.....

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT Amanda G. Smith, MD
October 24, 2012 Tampa Bay Medical News
Amanda Smith gained an appreciation for older adults when she was hanging out at Chatham Acres, the suburban Philadelphia nursing home her grandparents owned.....

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute offers Amyvid brain imaging
September 6, 2012 USF Health
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute’s Eric Pfeiffer Imaging Center is one of only a limited number of PET imaging sites in Florida to offer Amyvid brain imaging.....

USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute featured on Front Row Tampa Bay
August 31, 2012 Front Row Tampa Bay
Dr. Amanda Smith, Medical Director USF Byrd Alzheimer s Institute, talks about clinical care in Alzheimer's disease and patient services in the Center for Memory C.A.R.E.....

Seasons Memory Care Donates $1,000 to USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute
August 22, 2012 TBN Weekly
Dr. Amanda Smith, Medical Director USF Byrd Alzheimer s Institute, receives a $1,000 donation from Jim Kalyvas of the Kalyvas Group, owners of Seasons Memory Care.....

Medical Director, Dr. Amanda Smith, Published in Guide for Caregivers
August 17, 2012 Dr. Amanda Smith, Medical Director of the Byrd Alzheimer's Institute, has written the foreword in Suzanne Giesemann's new book, The Real Alzheimer's: A Guide for Caregivers that Tells it Like it is.....

Coloring book creators help with Alzheimer's research
August 10, 2012 Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way residents Ken Morris and Paul Thomas Evers recently created their second coloring book, "Paul and Friends: Again," to help raise money for Alzheimer's research....

USF researchers turning sci-fi brain implants into reality
July 08, 2012 TBO.com
USF neurologist Edwin Weeber says he almost called security when Chris Frewin showed up at his door, asking to borrow some brain cells...

Arden Courts of Tampa Presents Donation Check to Byrd Alzheimer's Institute
June 27, 2012 Arden Courts of Tampa
Arden Courts of Tampa presents a check for $2,300 to the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute from their 'At the Heart of Art' fundraiser.

USF drug trial offers hope to Angelman Syndrome sufferers
June 16, 2012 Central Florida News 13
Peyton Elkins, 6, has a rare genetic disorder known as Angelman Syndrome that can bring a variety of challenges to daily living...View Video Story

USF study: Coffee lowers risk of Alzheimer's in older adults
June 5, 2012 ABC Action News
Dr. Chuanhai Cao published a study about caffeine levels in blood. The neuroscientist says patients 65 years or older who drank three cups of coffee a day avoided onset Alzheimer's...

Technology Allows Study Participants to See Whether They're at Risk for Alzheimer's
May 30, 2012 WUSF News
Melane Byrd says it was 8-years ago that her mother Doris Sherer started showing the signs of Alzheimer's Disease...

Dr. Dave Morgan receives Medical Hero Award from Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce
May 22, 2012 Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce
Byrd CEO, Dr. Dave Morgan was honored by the Greater Temple Terrace Chamber of Commerce for his work on transforming memory-related health services for patients and families with the development of the Center for Memory C.A.R.E., a comprehensive diagnostic clinic for patients with memory impairment.

Caregiver turned “CEO for a Day” goes behind the scenes at USF Health Byrd Institute
May 21, 2012 USF Health
Francine Shebell, a retired attorney from St. Petersburg, recently got a glimpse of the inner workings of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, one of the world’s largest freestanding centers dedicated to research, education and treatment of patients with Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s caregiver offers ‘perspective’ as stand-in CEO
May 20, 2012 USF Oracle
Francine won the day-long appointment with a $500 bid through an online auction, “CEO for a Day,” raising money for the institute. Though she doesn’t have a background in medicine, Francine does posses a wealth of experience as an Alzheimer’s patient’s primary caregiver...

USF Health Byrd Institute part of national resveratrol study for Alzheimer’s disease
May 18, 2012 USF Health
USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute has been selected as one of the sites for a federally-sponsored clinical study testing whether resveratrol can alter or delay memory deterioration and daily functioning in people with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease...

Post-Doctoral Scholar and Researcher, Dr. Jose Abisambra, discusses Alzheimer's disease research at USF Health Byrd Institute
May 18, 2012 ReCon Surgical Blog

CEO, Dr. Morgan, spoke with Bay News 9 on the government's plan to prevent Alzheimer's by 2025
May 17, 2012 Bay News 9

Letters to the Editor: Elder Care Advocacy of Florida's West Coast, Stephanie Ales, in support of USF Health Byrd Institute
May 15, 2012 TBO.com
"Regarding 'Living alone with Alzheimer's is tough for all' (May 7): Thank you for the front-page feature regarding this mind-robbing and devastating malady..."

Facing Florida Interviews Dr. Morgan on Alzheimer’s Disease and PET Imaging to Detect Amyloid in the Brain
January 2012 Facing Florida
Mike Vasilinda interviews Dr. Dave Morgan about Alzheimer's Disease...

Beaming purple, USF Health Byrd Institute celebrates new memory care center
November 18, 2011 USF Health
USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute was lit up in purple to celebrate the opening of its one-stop Center for Memory C.A.R.E. and to honor National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month...

USF opens one-stop memory care center designed for comfort of patients and caregivers
November 17, 2011 USF Health
USF Health Byrd Alzheimer's Institute opened doors to its new Center for Memory C.A.R.E. a one-stop shop for those coping with memory loss. Designed to feel like home, therapists can test the ability of patients to perform routine daily tasks, like boiling water or selecting weather-appropriate clothing.

Alzheimer's institute to open Memory CARE Center
November 16, 2011 Channel 10 News CBS Tampa, Florida
Is your spouse or parent forgetting things lately?  You may be asking if that forgetfulness is the beginning of Dementia or Alzheimer's. USF is opening a one stop diagnostic center to help answer those questions.

One-of-a kind USF center aims to prevent Alzheimer's
November 15, 2011 Tampa Tribune
The University of South Florida unveiled a new Alzheimer's center on Thursday with a high-tech PET scanner on one side, a mini apartment on the other and cozy living room at the center.

USF professor helps identify brain growth problems in autism
Tampa, FL (Nov. 9, 2011) – Using innovative techniques for unbiased counting of brain cells, Peter R. Mouton, PhD, of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute and a diverse team of researchers have confirmed a new theory about a cause of autism.

Tampa Bay Metro Digital Edition September 2011
Congratulations to our Medical Director, Dr. Amanda Smith, on being named one of the Best Doctors in America! Read all about it in this month's Tampa Bay Metro magazine.

Pat Robertson Remarks on Alzheimer’s Stir Passions www.nytimes.com
Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director, gives her expert opinion on Pat Robertson's comments about Alzheimer's and divorce. She's quoted in several stories across the country - NY Times, ABC News, MSNBC to name a few.

Researchers at USF look for ways to find and treat Alzheimer's earlier.
3 January 2011 St. Petersburg Times
Every week, people worried about losing their memories call the University of South Florida's Byrd Alzheimer's Institute for help...

Optimism in the battle against Alzheimer's.
The institute hosted a press conference about Alzheimer’s disease and the new drugs that are in the pipeline. Fox News posted the story. 

National Memory Screening Day was hosted by the Institute November 16th. More than 180 participants received free memory screenings by a qualified clinican, blood pressure checks and medication review by a pharmacist.

Throughout the months of October and November, the Institute participated in multiple Memory Walks sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association throughout the greater Tampa bay region.

Bay News 9 interviews Huntington Potter, Ph.D. on the potential for an FDA approved cancer drug to treat Alzheimer's disease.
Watch the interview here.

Fox reports on promising Alzheimer's treatment developed by Institute Investigators
Read the story and watch the video here.

Dr. Morgan Discusses Alzheimers on Fox's "Your Turn"
Watch the interview here.

International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease
Alzheimer’s Institute faculty and graduate students are attending and presenting their work at the 10th annual International Conference (ICAD www.alz.org/icad). View topics selected for presentation here.

Rules Seek to Expand Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s
13 July 2010 New York Times article
New York Time Experts predict a two- to threefold increase in the number of people with the disease if new guidelines are adopted, as expected.

Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease
As seen on the FOX 13 5:00 News

Byrd focuses on patients to boost funding
read the Tampa Bay Business Journal article here.

Food Better At Prevention Than Pills
Read the transcript and watch the video here.