Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), University of Washington


The UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is one of 33 research resource centers funded by the National Institute on Aging. ADRCs are major sources of discovery into the nature of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and into the development of more effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis, care, and therapy. The UW ADRC contributes to the development of shared resources that support dementia-relevant research, and coordinates research efforts with other NIH-funded programs and investigators. UW ADRC resources are designed to facilitate and empower related research efforts at UW.

The ADRC links the Seattle community with information and opportunities to participate in clinical trials and studies of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Our outreach team is influential in promoting strengths-based reframing of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-friendly communities, and they organize and promote educational talks and events and research seminars. We support outreach and culturally adapted Alzheimer’s disease programs for Hispanic/Latino communities and Indigenous communities and clinics. The ADRC is closely affiliated with the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center clinic and Memory Hub community center. Join us!

Director: Dr. Thomas J. Grabowski, MD
Program Manager: Annika Noreen, PhD, PMP


Enjoy Dimensions Magazine for Fall/Winter 2023!

November 27, 2023 — In this Issue: Getting to Know: Dr. Michael Rosenbloom, Leader of MBWC Clinical Trials | Sleep Apnea Treatment for Dementia Prevention |Research Findings & Alzheimer’s Conference Highlights | Crossword Puzzle Brain Workout | Caregiver Stories | Highlights from the Knight ADRC Conference ‘Enhancing Participation by Minoritized Groups in AD/ADRD Research | Shared Outdoor Adventures for Resilience| Remembering Dr. Ka’imi Alohilani Sinclair (1962-2022)

2024 New Investigator Awards

October 22, 2023 — In partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC) is pleased to announce the expanded New Investigator Award Program. This year we have 10 awards, each offering $135,000 in direct costs. Additionally, through a collaboration with the REC Steering Committee, new investigators will have the option to 'Request a Mentor' for guidance during the application process.

Request for Proposals for the 2024-2025 Development Projects

September 08, 2023 — The UW ADRC offers one-year development projects that use its resources to advance the understanding, diagnosis, and/or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related degenerative dementias. In the 2024- 2025 period, the UW ADRC will fund 3-4 projects with a budget of up to $50,000 each.

Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington: Moving Forward Together - Sept. 19-20, 2023

August 23, 2023 — Are you interested in making your community more respectful, understanding and inclusive of people with dementia and their families? Join us for "Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington: Moving Forward Together" - Washington's premiere virtual conference on building dementia-friendly communities!

Upcoming Research Events

AD@UW Research Education

  Friday, December 8, 2023   12:00pm - 1:30pm


AD@UW is a monthly 90-minute meeting for REC trainees held 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm on 4th Fridays that is intended to provide a basic understanding of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as well as research resources available through the UW ADRC

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ADRC Seminar Series (Zoom): In Search of the Pathogenic Trigger of Alzheimer’s Disease

  Monday, December 11, 2023   12:00pm - 1:00pm


Speaker: Michael S. Wolfe, PhD, Mathias P. Mertes Professor of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Kansas

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ADRC Lecture: Quantified Principles of Health Equity in Clinical Research

  Wednesday, December 13, 2023   12:00pm - 1:00pm


The ADRC, in partnership with WSU IREACH, is excited to host Jonathan Jackson, PhD, executive director of the CARE Research Center at MGH, for a lecture on inequities and barriers for clinical trial recruitment in neurology. The presentation will describe current research in recruitment and inclusion science, including a testable framework for future research.

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