Why Choose Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health?
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health provides diagnosis and ongoing treatment for patients with cognitive disorders and support services for family members who care for them. Across our four locations: Cleveland and Lakewood, Ohio; Las Vegas, Nevada and Weston, Florida, we advocate a patient-focused, multidisciplinary approach for the diagnosis and treatment of cognitive disorders, encouraging collaboration across all care providers and by providing a continuum of care, integrating research and education at every level.
Our treatment programs are designed to provide excellent care and to respect the dignity of patients and their families. Our collaborative research partnerships help to advance Cleveland Clinic's groundbreaking clinical trials and offer hope for improving brain health.
An individualized treatment plan is developed for each patient who is treated at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health. The plan is tailored to each patient and may include recommendations for medications, physical exercise, diet, cognitive rehabilitation, psychiatric treatment (when needed), participation in clinical trials and family support.
Outcomes & Services
- Clinical Trials. Learn how to get involved in current clinical trials and meet the research team.
- Imaging Services. State-of-the-art imaging services used to diagnose and manage treatment.
- Patient Family Care. Family Support Program and support groups offered to patients, families and caregivers.
- Therapy Services. Individualized rehabilitation treatment plans available for disease management.
- Outcomes Book. View a summary of our surgical and medical trends and approaches, data on patient volume and outcomes and review new technologies and innovations. Download the Neurological Institute Outcomes Book.
- Take control of your brain health with personalized tips and recommendations at HealthyBrains.org.
- What is early onset Alzheimer's disease? USA Today, 6/28/16
- Can brain damage be found in retired football players? The Boston Globe, 6/2/16
- Boxing world, and the world at large, react to Muhammad Ali's passing. Los Angeles Times, 6/4/16
- Fighters need to learn more about concussion risks, study head says. Reuters, 5/5/16
- Nevada to require mandatory pre-fight brain testing for boxers and MMA fighters. The Washington Post, 4/26/16
- John McCain Urges NFL To Do More To Address Brain Trauma. The Huffington Post, 4/27/16
- New drug for psychosis in Parkinson's raises hopes - and concerns. STAT, 3/28/16
- Calm down: Herpes probably isn't going to give you Alzheimer's. The Washington Post, 3/14/16
- Dystonia patients in Las Vegas find relief through Botox injections. Las Vegas Review-Journal, 3/14/16
- New Treatments for Alzheimer's Disease. WebMD, 2/25/16
- Cleveland Clinic recruits participants for Alzheimer drug trial. Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/22/16
- UFC donates $1M to Ruvo center for brain trauma study Las Vegas Review-Journal, 2/5/16
- Ruvo clinic joins global effort to expand drug trials' participation Las Vegas Review-Journal, 1/31/16
There is often a feeling of helplessness, or hopelessness, that comes with brain disorder diagnoses. At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, we think differently. And we're taking a decidedly different approach:
- We care for patients and family members. Our goals with patient care extend far beyond the basic treatment protocols. We offer patients and their family members a comprehensive array of services and develop a treatment and support plan that works for everyone involved.
- We're proactive. We've developed the Brain Health Initiative, a collection of innovative, interactive programs designed to help people protect and maintain brain health and reduce their risk of cognitive decline.
- We take a highly collaborative, multidisciplinary approach to research. Our physician teams are studying what Alzheimer's, Huntington's, Parkinson's, frontotemporal dementia and multiple sclerosis have in common. Finding new insights into any one of these diseases may have a significant impact on the others.
- We need your help to continue our work. Research and care is expensive. But the truth is, every donor, and every dollar makes a difference. You can donate in honor of someone, in memory of a friend or loved one, or become a part of our planned giving program. Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health was founded by Larry Ruvo, a philanthropist whose dream of eradicating Alzheimer's disease has been eagerly embraced by generous individuals, corporations and foundations. Now more than ever, philanthropy drives neuroscience and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's ability to achieve its mission of providing state-of-the-art care for patients and supportive services to their families, while investigating the next generation of drug therapies for brain disease. In Las Vegas, an integrated fundraising entity, Keep Memory Alive, raises funds exclusively to support the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
- You can help. By supporting the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, you make an investment with long-lasting benefits for you, your family, and other loved ones. To make a gift today to support research and world class care, please visit us at giving.ccf.org/louruvo. Your gift will help us develop new ways to predict, diagnose, treat and---one day---cure cognitive disorders.
- How can we help each other?
Power of Love Gala
The gala is much more than a party. It's an annual celebration of life that was created to raise money for Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's programs and services.
Imagine the finest evening of first-rate headliner entertainment, food prepared by celebrity chefs and wine chosen by master sommeliers. Now imagine that same evening in the entertainment capital of the world: Las Vegas.
Chefs have included Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio, Scott Conant, Todd English, Thomas Keller, Emeril Lagasse, Giada De Laurentiis, Michael Mina and Wolfgang Puck. Our guests have been entertained by George Benson, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Snoop Dogg, Gloria Estefan, Cee Lo Green, Enrique Iglesias, LL Cool J, Lenny Kravitz, Barry Manilow, Martina McBride, Lionel Richie, Robin Thicke, Stevie Wonder and many other luminaries.
- More information at keepmemoryalive.org/POL
A Weekend in Tahoe to Keep Memory Alive
Keep Memory Alive Chairman and Founder Larry Ruvo and his wife and Keep Memory Alive Board Vice Chair, Camille Ruvo, along with the McGill family, resurrected the Glenbrook, Nevada rodeo in 2000 after it had been discontinued in 1965.
Now, each summer this iconic rodeo features barrel racing as well as bull and bronco riding. Carnival games, a face painter and a watermelon eating contest delighted kids, while a Western-style barbeque and a silent auction captivated the young-at-heart.
100% of the funds raised throughout this memorable weekend support the work of Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
- More information at keepmemoryalive.org/rodeo
Funding for the Future
Conrad N.Hilton Foundation
Thanks to a grant of almost $1.4 million from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, for the first time we’re now able to offer a comprehensive care program for the estimated 2,500 people in Southern Nevada with multiple sclerosis.
The multiple sclerosis (MS) clinic at the Las Vegas-based Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is modeled after the Mellen Center for Multiple Sclerosis Treatment and Research at Cleveland Clinic’s main campus in Cleveland. We offer a four-pronged approach comprising education, social work, research and a dedicated medical team.
Hilton Foundation Chairman, President & CEO Steven M. Hilton understands the toll the MS can take on families. His mother, Marilyn Hilton, passed away from complications associated with the disease. “When someone you love is afflicted with MS, it opens your heart to the suffering that others go through. We feel it’s important to help people who are experiencing a similar struggle. The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is helping patients and their families cope with this disease and are poised to make an important contribution to the fight against MS."
Interested in supporting a program?
Whether you’re a grateful patient or family member or someone who is interested in expanding health care, there is always a way to help. Please contact Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health at 702.331.7052 or DonateNevada@ccf.org to discuss ways to give, from contributions today, to estate planning, to an endowed chair for the Director of the MS program
E. L. Wiegand Foundation Funds New Physical Therapy Center
"We do not fund need: We support excellence," says Kristen Avansino, President and Executive Director of the Reno, Nevada-based E. L. Wiegand Foundation.
"Collaboration is so important, as is knowing that outcomes are not shelved in an obscure drawer in Las Vegas, but shared. In Cleveland Clinic, the E. L. Wiegand Foundation has found a perfect partner, because we, too, are obsessed with outcomes."
Role Model Behavior
Steeped in tradition, yet futuristic in thought and deed, since 1981 the E. L. Wiegand Foundation has been providing grants to support education, medical research, civic and community affairs, art and cultural affairs and public affairs.
The Foundation enjoys playing the role of the catalyst. As Mrs. Avansino explains, "We hope that this grant will have a very long afterlife, so that in our small, humble manner, we can create with you a template that will ignite philanthropy in others and build an army to model these best practices."
Larry Ruvo is an indomitable force in Las Vegas philanthropy. Larry Ruvo is the Founder of Keep Memory Alive, Board Member and Fundraising Chairman for Alzheimer’s Research and the Las Vegas Alzheimer’s Association, the Nevada Tourism Alliance and the Counsel for a Better Nevada.
Mr. Ruvo’s wife, Camille, remembers when her husband decided to engage celebrity architect Frank Gehry to build a center for the study and treatment of the brain in Las Vegas, a city located miles and a desert away from the country’s renowned medical hubs, he met with skeptics at every turn.
“First they said Frank Gehry would never build in Las Vegas. Then they said the medical powerhouses wouldn’t take Vegas seriously. They told him he could never recruit world class doctors,” Mrs. Ruvo remembers.
But they were wrong.
Frank Gehry conceived a world-class building and was present at its groundbreaking in 2007. Cleveland Clinic signed up to operate the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in 2009, and the following year, world-renowned Alzheimer’s specialist Jeffrey Cummings, MD, ScD, was hired as director. Mr. Ruvo had delivered and the cynics were silenced.
Larry is the recipient of many awards, to name a few, the Altruistic Award by the Meadows School, UNLV President’s Medal, the Governor’s Philanthropist of the Year Award, Man of the Year awards from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, the Food & Beverage Directors Associations, the MDA and the 1999 Community Leadership Award from the Points of Light Foundation. On several occasions, he was honored by the United States Congress and was named as one of the Influential Businessmen of Southern Nevada in 2004 and 2009; included as one of the Vegas Dozen in 2005; and named Distinguished Nevadan by UNLV in 2009.
Message From the Director
Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, ScD
Thank you for your continued interest and support of the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and Keep Memory Alive (KMA). You have proven to be generous, open-hearted, spirited individuals who continue to contribute to the success of our center and our search for treatments of Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease and multiple sclerosis.
Today more than ever, philanthropic support is critical to the success of our center as other sources of support decline while our economy struggles to recover. Generous donors fill the gap left by funding vacancies and provide flexibility in our research and care programs.
Keep Memory Alive
Keep Memory Alive is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that was created to increase awareness and raise funds exclusively for the research, management, and treatment of brain disorders that include Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s and Parkinson’s disease, as well as frontotemporal dementia, multiple sclerosis and multiple system atrophy for Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute’s Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health.
With medical facilities in Las Vegas, Cleveland and Lakewood, Ohio and Weston, Florida, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health's treatment programs are designed to provide excellent care and to respect the dignity of patients and their families. Research helps to advance Cleveland Clinic's groundbreaking clinical trials and offers hope for improving brain health.
- Visit our website and learn more about Keep Memory Alive and its fundraising efforts.
Host Your Event With Us
You can also support Keep Memory Alive and the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health by renting our Frank Gehry-designed Las Vegas headquarters to host your personal or corporate event.
What We Treat
Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health includes specialists in neurology, psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry and Geriatrics. Physicians take a multidisciplinary, evidence-based, collaborative approach to the identification of neurocognitive disorders in their earliest stages. Working together, they design individualized treatment plans to improve the quality of life for patients and their caregivers.
Learn about the conditions and diseases we treat at Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health and make an appointment at one of our locations: Nevada, Ohio, or Florida.
- Alzheimer's Disease
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease
- Frontotemporal Dementia
- Mild Cognitive Impairment
- Primary Progressive Aphasia
- Subcortical Vascular Dementia
Movement Disorders and MS
We treat Parkinson's and Huntington's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis. Learn more about these conditions.
Diagnostics & Testing
Select patients now can see our providers online from their home or office by using the Cleveland Clinic Express Care® Online tool. This service allows patients a fast, secure and easy way to receive care from their healthcare team in a live virtual visit using a smartphone (iPhone or Android), tablet or computer. The benefits of choosing a virtual visit include no travel or parking, less waiting, significant time savings, no facility fee and the convenience of seeing your physician from wherever you choose.
If you would like to use Express Care Online for your next visit, please call your provider’s office. If you are eligible, our team will schedule your virtual visit and provide details on the cost of your appointment and setup instructions.
Refer a Patient
DrConnect: Online Tool for Referring Physicians
DrConnect is a complimentary online tool for referring physicians that offers secure access to their patients' treatment progress at Cleveland Clinic.
Patient Care Process
“The philosophy of ‘Patients First’ at Cleveland Clinic permeates every professional interaction for all personnel, from answering phone calls to seeing patients to performing research. It is this overarching theme that instills a common sense of purpose and guides every interaction in a fundamental way, which in turn translates into an unparalleled environment in which to treat patients, do research and educate.”
Patients and families are welcomed by our volunteer staff and accompanied to the patient check-in area.
2. Introduction to Medical Team
Patients and families are greeted and escorted to one of our patient suites.
3. Nurse & Electronic Medical Record
A nurse greets the patient and provides an electronic questionnaire, which will be uploaded into the patient's electronic medical record. Through MyChart, a secure Web portal, patients may access their health records 24/7 via the internet.
A board-certified neurologist evaluates the patient, providing a thorough examination, a diagnosis and treatment plan.
5. Psychiatry/ Psychology
Cognitive assessments and psychological consultations are conducted by our clinical psychologists and neuropsychologists.
State-of-the-art imaging, like the 3 Tesla fMRI and our PET scanner, provide additional diagnostic certainty.
7. Occupational and Physical Therapy
Physical therapy, performed under the guidance of a licensed PT, strengthens and rehabilitates the body.
8. Clinical Trials
Clinical trials allow patients the opportunity to participate in the development of new treatments.
9. Individual & Family Services
Individual and Family Services provide education and support for patients and families.
The effect of repeated head trauma on long term brain health has come under increasing scrutiny as some aging athletes in contact sports are being identified with progressive neurocognitive deficits. Our emphasis is on early identification of neurocognitive decline and prediction of long-term neurological consequences. Why is it that with similar levels of trauma, some individuals are more at risk than others? This is a key question. Answers have implications for many types head injury in athletics, civilian injury, and injury sustained in military combat.
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is providing leading-edge services to athletes, both in a clinical evaluation and treatment and in a research study capacity. Since 2011, more than 750 active and retired professional fighters (boxers, mixed martial arts) and retired professional football players have been pursuing testing, diagnosis, treatment and research with the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the only entity in the country to conduct a longitudinal study of hundreds of fighters.
The Professional Fighters Brain Health Study examines the brain function of active and retired boxers and mixed martial arts fighters. This longitudinal study focuses on early identification of neurocognitive decline and prediction of long-term neurological consequences. Physicians seek relationships between risk factors for cognitive decline and evidence of brain dysfunction, trying to understand why fighters with similar exposure are affected differently. Why do a few experience a decline in brain health, yet many do not?
The Retired Athletes Clinic provides care to retired professional athletes from all contact sports who complain of declining memory and brain function, with careful consideration of the relationship between cumulative athletics injuries and brain health later in life.
To learn more, please visit our Cleveland Clinic Nevada site:
Professional Fighters Brain Health Study
In some athletes, repeated head trauma may result in long-term neurological injury.
An important gap in understanding the long-term consequences of head trauma are the risk factors, early changes, and means of predicting who will get them. Why is it that after similar exposure to repeated head trauma, many fighters remain unaffected, yet some individuals experience cognitive decline? Presently, researchers lack biomarkers or clinical indicators that can predict if a combatant is in danger of developing permanent brain damage or is already on a trajectory of cognitive decline.
At Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, our goal is early identification of neurocognitive decline and prediction of long-term neurological consequences.
The Professional Fighters Brain Health Study at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
- examines the cumulative effects of repetitive head injuries to the brain in a group of professional combatants (boxing and mixed martial arts)
- detects the earliest and most subtle signs of brain injury using MRI imaging techniques and other clinical measures
- determines what factors make an individual more likely to develop chronic neurological disorders (e.g. dementia, parkinsonism)
- identifies those individuals who are progressing to long term neurological disease.
The study cohort consists of three groups:
- active professional fighters (boxers or mixed martial art combatants)
- retired professional fighters (with a minimum of 10 professional fights)
- an age- and education-matched control group of non-fighters
Participants in each group are followed on a yearly basis for at least four years. Each evaluation consists of:
- a brain MRI scan
- computerized testing of cognitive function
- speech sample analysis
- blood sample for genetic testing
- questionnaires regarding mood and impulsivity
- demographic and prior sports and medical history
- a neurological examination
Download a brochure with more information on the Professional Fighters Brain Health Study.
To contact us, please send us an email at email@example.com or call 702.675.5237.
Preliminary Findings: Professional Fighters Brain Health study
Since the study’s inception in April 2011, more than 750 fighters have been enrolled. In a presentation at the annual American Academy of Neurology meeting, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health reported that:
- Across an average of all data collected, there is a relationship between number of fights and decline in the volume of certain areas of the brain
- Changes in brain volume are not seen until after approximately five years of professional fighting and not all fighters exhibit such changes
- The number of professional fights and knock outs are correlated with loss of fibers that course across the brain, as well as the connectivity between different areas of the brain as seen on MRI brain imaging. The implications of these findings are currently unknown; only long-term follow-up will determine if they predict neurological decline.
Through the longitudinal Professional Fighters Brain Health study, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health strives to:
- Focus on early identification of neurocognitive decline and prediction of long-term neurological consequences.
- Continue progressing towards its goal of enrolling more than 750 professional fighters over a four year period
- Continue its ongoing collection of longitudinal data to confirm the study’s preliminary findings.
- Extend the study as long as possible, recognizing that the study becomes richer the longer its data collection continues.
- Share information with individual athletes so they can better understand risk and its varying impact on the brain health of professional fighters.
- Continue its support of professional fighting by offering the fighting community an enhanced understanding of risk over longitudinal exposure.
We conduct clinical trials to advance new treatments and diagnostic approaches for patients with Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease, multiple sclerosis and frontotemporal dementia.
What are clinical trials and why are they conducted?
A clinical trial is a research process that is used to test new ways of treating disease.
There are many different types of clinical trials, from interventional (which include pill, infusion, device, diagnostic approach) to non-interventional (which include observations and follow-up without active treatment).
Clinical trials are the only way to test new drugs and advance treatment.
All drugs have to be tested in clinical trials to show they are safe and effective before they can be approved by the FDA to treat patients.
Why should I get involved with clinical trials?
Many people get involved because they want to help those suffering from a disease.
Others get involved to help themselves and because they will have access to the newest medication which is not available to the general public in addition to more comprehensive assessments.
The success of finding a new treatment depends on having enough patients to participate.
Your involvement is the key to finding cures and preventing the onset of brain diseases.
How do I participate?
Learn more about current trials at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health:
Cleveland: 216.445.9009 or 844.767.8629
Las Vegas: 855.568.7886
You could do something today to make a difference for your family and your community. At your next visit, ask you doctor if clinical trials are right for you.
Current Clinical Trials
Location: Las Vegas
Participant: Normal Cognition 65-83 years old
Study Type: Monthly Infusion (Solanezumab)
Duration: 3 years
Aducanumb (Engage or Emerge)
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, OH (Engage) or Las Vegas (Emerge)
Participant: Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) to Early Alzheimer's disease, ages 50-85 years old
Study Type: Placebo controlled study, monthly infusions (Aducanumab or placebo)
Duration: 24 months with possible 24 month extension
Center for Brain Health Biobank
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, OH
Participant: Those diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease (e.g. Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease), those considered at-risk for neuordegenerative disease and those considered healthy
Study Type: Observational
Duration:1 visit, with optional yearly visits
Location: Las Vegas
Participant: Any Neurodegenerative Disorders (NDD) with disinhibition symptoms
Study Type: Oral Tablet Nuedexta ™ or Placebo
Duration: 14 weeks
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, OH
Participant: Healthy Older Adults with and without a family history of Alzheimer's disease, ages 60-80 years old
Study Type: Daily Oral Tablet (10mg Donepezil HCL), imaging (2 fMRIs)
Duration: 6 months
Location: Las Vegas; Cleveland Clinic Main Campus Mellen Center
Participant: Multiple Sclerosis patients 18 years of age and older. Observational Study for patients who are newly initiating treatment with dimethyl fumarate (DMF) under routine clinical care
Study Type: Observational Study
Duration: Up to 5 years
Location: Las Vegas
Participant: Huntington's Disease, ages 18 year of age and older
Study Type: Prospective registry study for patients with Huntington's Disease
Duration: No end date
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, OH
Participant: Persons experiencing frequent visual hallucinations due to Dementia of Lewy Bodies (DLB) or Parkinson's Disease Dementia (PDD), ages 50-85 years old
Study Type: Placebo controlled cross over study with possible extension, daily oral tablets (Nelotanserin or placebo), daily study diary
Duration: 18 weeks
Professional Fighter Study
Location: Las Vegas
Participant: Active and retired professional fighters
Study Type: Observational Study
Duration: 4 years
Location: Las Vegas; Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, OH; Lakewood, OH
Participant: Mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease, ages 50-90 years old
Study Type: Daily Oral Tablet (Rasagiline)
Duration: 6 months
For more information on any of these studies, please call us toll free at 855.LOU.RUVO (855.568.7886) or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Although tremendous progress has been made in the past 2 decades, no cure or treatment that slows or stops the deterioration caused by Alzheimer's disease has been found. That's why research continues to be critically important.
The FDA requires that all drugs be investigated in clinical trials to show they are safe and effective before they can be approved to treat patients.
Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is one of the leading sites in the country conducting advanced clinical trial and translational research. The center is at the forefront of developing new treatment and diagnostic approaches for patients with cognitive disorders.
We conduct clinical trials sponsored by pharmaceutical, biotechnological, device and diagnostic assessment companies. We support research activities funded by government grants, private foundation and other philanthropic sources. We provide a wide range of drug development services.
With our innovative clinical trial consortium, Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is revolutionizing the clinical trial process. Under the visionary leadership of Jeffrey L. Cummings, MD, ScD, a world renowned AD expert, and Kate Zhong, MD, a geriatric psychiatrist and pharmacologist, the consortium is committed to advancing research and providing new treatments to our patients suffering from neurodegenerative disorders. Trial sites are located in Las Vegas, Nevada; Cleveland, Ohio (main campus); Lakewood, Ohio and Weston, Florida.
Using one confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), one institutional review board (IRB), one budget, one contract, one electronic medical record (EMR) and one standard operational procedure (SOP), the consortium is united under a highly centralized system. The ONE model facilitates exemplary trial conduct by providing large patient volume, streamlined operations, rapid start up, speedy enrollment, high retention and quality data.
For more information on any of these studies, please call us toll free at 855.568.7886 or email us at email@example.com
Together, we will Keep Memory Alive for many years and generations to come.
Additional Clinical Trial Team Members (Ohio):
- Patti Clark
- Rosemary Colleran, BSN, MPA
- Danielle Kemeny
- Jessie Lee
- James Leverenz, MD
- Anna Long
- Athena Loughrin
- Genna Losinski
- Lyla Mourany
- Christine Nelson, APRN, BC
- Sonya Parker
- Christine Reece
- Aqeel Seals
- Hilda Sosic
- Christine Whitman, RN
Additional Clinical Trial Team Members (Florida):
- Kathleen Knee, PsychD
- Kateryna Kurako, MD
- Lauren Thomas, PsychD
Additional Clinical Trial Team Members (Nevada):
- Alana Burns, MA - Research Program Manager
- Jane Bjorklund, CCRC
- John Caporelli, RN
- Erika Crawford Pamela Dino
- Milagros Formoso, CCRP
- Nadia Fulkerson, MPH
- Kelsey Girbino
- Monica Guerra
- Katurah Hartley-Mack
- Brook Hurd
- Garam Lee, PharmD, RPh
- Mary Anne McQuade
- Yolande Mucharbach
- Irene Newcomer
- Margaret Rayner-Thomas, MPH
- Taniyah Roach
- Priscilla Sandoval, RN
- Tessa St. Rose, CCRP
- Angy Trinidad, RN
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Patient & Caregiver Information Fact Sheets
- Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Family Support Program
- Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health Brochure
- Food for Brain Health - Michael Roizen, MD
- Depression in Neurodegeneration - Dylan Wint, MD
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- Learn more about MyChart.
Caregivers who use MyChart can also sign up for the MyChart Caregiver feature.
Ongoing events in Las Vegas, Nevada at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health in association with Keep Memory Alive.
- Alzheimer's Disease: The Aging Brain – Po-Heng Tsai, MD and Gabriel Léger, MD
- Caring for Alzheimer's Disease – Jagan Pillai, MD
- Medication Side Effects And Complications For Parkinson’s Patients – Joseph Rudolph, MD
- Parkinson's Disease Management & Treatment Options – Michal Gostkowski, DO
We offer a number of services for our patients and their families. Caregiver support services for family members and loved ones are available at our 4 locations.
We view caregiver services as an integral part of our mission. Complementing excellent medical care, our focus on caregivers affirms that neurocognitive disorders impact not just the patient, but everyone involved in care and support. Among the programs for caregivers and families are:
- Social Services
Professionals are available to work with caregivers to identify needs and develop strategies for care over the course of the disease.
The program addresses issues related to mood, anxiety, caregiving, adjustment to illness, and relationships.
- Education classes and workshops
We offer information on brain disorders and their profound impact on the individual, caregiver and family.
- Caregiver well-being programs
Programs to help caregivers maintain their physical and emotional well being.
- Support groups
A warm, welcoming setting in which to share information and experiences with others who understand the unique circumstances of caring for a loved one with a memory disorder.
Learn more about other support groups offered at Cleveland Clinic.
Hundreds of books, DVDs, online and other resources on a broad range of subjects related to caregiving for a neurocognitive disorder.
- Special events
We provide support and hope and to build a sense of community among caregivers and families.
Families are challenged by supporting a loved one with a neurocognitive or movement disorder. They strive to rise to the occasion, assuming the role of caregiver, partner, advocate or guide to provide support for the patient over the course of the disease.
But who provides care and support for these family caregivers? We recognize that caregivers suffer tremendous stress. While coping with change and loss — in relationships, responsibilities, dreams for the future — caregivers can become overwhelmed, anxious or depressed. From diagnosis throughout the course of the illness, they benefit from guidance and reliable information on where to turn for help.
These three brain self-assessment tools will provide you with important insights about the current health of your brain.
- Memory Screen: gather information about how well you perceived your memory to be working.
- Depression Screen: determine whether or not clinical depression might be impairing the health of your brain.
- Risk Factor Assessment: a questionnaire that identifies individual risks for Dementia.
- Alzheimer’s Association
- Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
- Alzheimer's Foundation of America
- American Academy of Neurology
- Clinical Research Trials
- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Foundation
- Keep Memory Alive
- The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration
- The Lewy Body Dementia Association
- US Against Alzheimer's