A living will for Alzheimer's

Department of Medicine physicians have met a unique challenge of creating an advance directive for dementia.

Mission: Give every patient with serious illness access to high-quality palliative care focused on relieving symptoms, maximizing quality of life and ensuring care that concentrates on patients’ goals.

Recent advancements:

The John A. Hartford Foundation announced a $3.5 million grant to create a collaborative, led by Dr. Anthony Back, professor (Medical Oncology) that brings together a team of innovators who will work cooperatively to accelerate and expand better end-of-life and serious illness care.

Cambia Palliative Care Center of Excellence

Cambia Health Foundation provided a $10 million gift to UW Medicine for the Palliative Care Center of Excellence. The center’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those at the end of life as well as patients with serious illnesses, chronic conditions or traumatic injuries. The center is led by Drs. J. Randall Curtis (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine) and Anthony Back (Medical Oncology).

Intranasal insulin for memory loss

Dr. William Banks in our Division of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine leads a team that have discovered that insulin delivered high up in the nasal cavity goes to the brain — not the bloodstream — and aids memory function.