The San Diego/Imperial Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association awarded a three-year, $175,000 fellowship to a UC San Diego researcher on a quest to determine the earliest indications of Alzheimer’s disease.

Kelsey Thomas' research could lead to earlier Alzheimer’s interventions, including behavioral, cognitive and lifestyle changes, with the goal of reducing the risk of developing dementia.

Thomas, an up-and-coming researcher, fits the bill of the Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant and Fellowship Awards, which funds primarily early-career scientists working on new ideas in Alzheimer’s research.

Alzheimer’s is the third-leading cause of death in California.