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


The UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is one of a nationwide network of 30 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 UW ADRC is closely affiliated with the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center clinic and links the Seattle community with information and opportunities to participate in studies of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (Lewy Body dementia, and frontotemporal degeneration, and vascular dementia). Our busy outreach team is influential in promoting strengths-based reframing of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-friendly communities, and they organize and promote educational public talks and events and research seminars. We support outreach and culturally adapted Alzheimer’s disease programs for Indigenous communities and clinics. Join us!

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


March 12th - An Evening at ISCRM The Collective: Solving the Alzheimer’s Puzzle with Stem Cells

February 28, 2019 — Drs. Jessica Young and Caitlin Latimer of the UW Dept. of Pathology and the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center will discuss brain pathology and share how researchers at the UW are using stem cells to study the causes of neurodegenerative diseases. This event is offered by the Institute for Stem Cell & Regenerative Medicine (ISCRM). View flyer:

Upcoming: 3/29 Book Reading of Dr. Thomas Bird’s “Can You Help Me?” Stories of Huntington’s Disease

February 26, 2019 — Dr. Thomas Bird, MD, Emeritus, UW Neurology, will share the surprising, insightful, challenging, and even encouraging stories of patients and their families who live with Huntington's Disease. Dr. Bird has helped HD patients for more than 40 years.

Deadline approaching 3/4/19: The Research Centers Collaborative Network (RCCN) is seeking to fund pilot projects on Behavior Change to Benefit Older Adults

February 12, 2019 — The RCCN will fund two or more pilot or developmental projects that involve NIA-sponsored research centers to foster research in area Behavior Change to Benefit Older Adults including change in the behaviors of older adults, care givers, health care providers, health care delivery systems or neighborhoods. The RCCN has set aside $80,000 to fund at least 2 projects. Applications are due March 4, 2019 with awards announced by April 30, 2019.

Upcoming Research Events