Lewy Body Dementia Research Center of Excellence at University of Miami

About Us

James E. Galvin, M.D., M.P.H. is the founder and director of the CCBH and the director and Principal Investigator at the UM RCOE. A board-certified neurologist, Dr. Galvin is Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the Miller School of Medicine and Chief of Cognitive Neurology for Palm Beach and Broward Counties in the Department of Neurology. With an excellent publication and funding record encompassing funding from federal, state, and private organizations, Dr. Galvin has established himself as a leading clinician researcher in LBD, AD, and Cognitive Aging. He currently serves as a member of the International Consortium for the Diagnostic Criteria for Lewy Body Dementia, has been on the Board of Directors for the Lewy Body Dementia Association since 2007 and sits on the Executive Management Committee for the LBDA Research Centers of Excellence Program, in addition to his chairmanship role in the workgroup that created the Module for Lewy Body Dementia for the NIA Alzheimer Center Program (2015-present) and his service on the Strategic Planning Panel for the Alzheimer Centers Program for the National Institute on Aging (2016-2019). With over two decades of experience in LBD clinical care and research, Dr. Galvin’s research is focused on the study of disease etiology and the development of effective tools to improve the diagnosis, the characterization, and the care of patients affected by LBD and their care partners.  

LBD Support Groups

LBDA Support Group

The LBDA support group is offered on the first Thursday the month at 12pm to care partners of patients that are diagnosed with Lewy Body Dementia. The meeting usually lasts 90-120 minutes in total. The group is facilitated by Iris Cohen, LCSW a social worker at the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health.

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The Mindful Caregiver Psycho-educational Support Group

This is a psycho-educational group offered to members of the larger DLBA support group.
This support group meets twice a month on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month at 12pm for one hour. This group is organized and led by Iris Cohen, LCSW a social worker at the Comprehensive Center for Brain Health.

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Lewy Body Dementia Resources

NIA Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center
800-438-4380 (toll-free; 8:30am to 5:00pm Eastern Time, Monday-Friday)



The National Institute on Aging’s ADEAR Center provides up-to-date research-based information concerning Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) to health professionals, people with ADRD and their families, and the general public. Free publications about ADRD symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, caregiving, and information about current clinical trials are provided and staff is available to answer specific questions and refer to local supportive services and Research Centers specialized in research and diagnosis.

Lewy Body Dementia Association
800-539-9767 (toll-free LBD Caregiver Link)

Lewy Body Dementia Resource Center
833-LBDLINE (toll free)



Family Caregiver Alliance
National Center on Caregiving

(415) 434-3388 | (800) 445-8106
Website: www.caregiver.org

Email: info@caregiver.org

FCA CareNav: https://fca.cacrc.org/login

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LBD is the second most common cause of dementia yet lags significantly in Federal research funding compared with Alzheimer’s disease, Vascular dementia, and other causes. You can help us reach our goals of developing better diagnostics and better treatments. Click here to learn how to help.