Chinese_Couple_small.jpg The decision to participate in research should not be made lightly. We also understand that it can be difficult to juggle the specialized lingo of researchers and psychiatrists—terms like "biomarkers", "lumbar punctures", "informed consent"—or to visualize how participation may add up one day to improved treatments or a prevention for Alzheimer's disease. In these Research 101 web pages, we will provide a basic overview of different forms of research procedures and programs, including lumbar punctures and biomarker research, and the various age-related diseases we study. In communicating this information and discussing the importance of research, we hope to help you make an informed decision about your involvement in research.