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Babcock Building, Room 3105
1717 East Speedway
Tucson, Arizona 85721
Telephone: 520-626-6936|

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 42391, Tucson AZ 85733





The tour at the Horse Track and UA Horse Farm on April 11th was well-attended by at least 30 UARA members and friends. Here's a big shout-out to our Activities Director, JIM BARRETT, who orchestrated this educational and entertaining event!!  Thank you, Jim, well-done!!! (See additional photos in Photo Gallery.)




UARA NOTES - by Alison Hughes
A Brief Report on Dopamine

An informative luncheon presentation by Dr. Stephen Cowen focused on his research on the production of dopamine and its impact on sleep and memory as we age.

Dr. Cowen, an Assistant Professor of Cognition/Neural Systems in the UA College of Science, Psychology Department, spoke about the dopamine molecule’s impact on new learning and decision-making.  We learned that dopamine initiates movement and impacts our ability to learn new skills; it also motivates our capacity to finish tasks and to concentrate.   As we age, dopamine production in the body is reduced.  In Parkinson’s disease, the deterioration is more rapid.  Dr. Cowen noted that some call dopamine the “pleasure molecule,” but that it is more about wanting, and not liking. 

Dr. Cowen and his graduate students use rats and mice to analyze the impact of dopamine production on  movement.  He is testing the use of transcranial magnetic stimulation on dopamine production.  His goal is to find new ways to generate dopamine production in the brain. 

During the question and answer period we learned there is a positive impact of physical exercise involving large muscle movement on dopamine production.  Responding to a question about the impact of using Cannabidiol (CBD) or Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compounds in a cannabis plant , he indicated that CBD is known to control epilepsy but that  THC counteracts dopamine production.  He knew of no research underway on the impact of diet and dopamine production. 




UA CENTER ON AGING - Advances In Aging Lecture Series

This one-hour monthly Aging Grand Rounds hosts a variety of speakers and topics on aging issues.  It is presented live with teleconferencing and webstreaming.

Second Monday of each month.

Kiewit Auditorium, Arizona Cancer Center, 1501 N. Campbell Avenue

For more information, visit

UA AGING STUDIES in Healthy, Older Participants

Study of Brain and Language

The Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Laboratory at UA is currently seeking healthy older candidates for a brain and language research study. Participants will be compensated. If you are interested in the study or have any questions, please contact Li-Chuan (Matt) Ku (

McKnight Brain Aging Registry Study

Study Aims to Find Key to Brain Health for ‘Super’ Aging Seniors

An innovative study by the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute of the Department of Neurology in the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine aims to determine what factors contribute to successful aging in seniors 85 and older.  The University of Arizona will also enroll 50 participants. For more information, please call their research lab at 520-626-0386.

“We are looking for super-agers who are socially active, engaged in hobbies, exercise regularly and are brain healthy,” said Tatjana Rundek, M.D., Ph.D., professor of neurology and public health sciences, and the principal UM investigator for the collaborative McKnight Brain Aging Registry study.

“While there are nmerous studies about disorders of aging, such as dementias, few have focused on healthy individuals who maintain their cognitive abilities,” added Dr. Rundek, who is executive vice chair for research and faculty affairs in the Department of Neurology, scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute, and the Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Learning and Memory in Aging.

Dr. Rundek said the McKnight study is particularly important since the U.S. population of older adults will continue growing in the next decade. The National Center for Health Statistics estimates that 16 percent of men and almost 30 percent of women age 50 will live to be 90 years old.