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


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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


Center Newsletter

February 27, 2021 — Stay up to date on the latest community and research news, upcoming events, and support/educational programs

NASEM Report Release Webinar: Meeting the Challenge of Caring for Persons Living with Dementia and Care Partners and Caregivers

February 25, 2021 — The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine released a new study on care interventions for persons with dementia and care partners and caregivers. The ADRC's very own Dr. Eric B. Larson of Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute has served as the Chair of the report committee.Rea online at link.

Upcoming event on March 7th! Alzheimer’s Disease Public Education Forum

February 24, 2021 — You are invited to the 2021 Alzheimer's Disease Public Educational Forum on Sunday, March 7, 10:30am -12:30pm PT. Held by Mount Sinai Medical Center, Florida ADRC, and Biogen. Leading experts answer the top questions from the public about Alzheimer's disease. Register at the link.

Upcoming Symposium! April 9th, 10am-1pm PT: Cognitive Reserve, Resilience, and Resistance

February 24, 2021 — You are invited to a special Boston University ADRC symposium on April 9th. Renowned experts will be presenting an overview of their work on cognitive reserve, resilience, and resistance. Highlights include research on factors and underlying mechanisms that may determine an individual’s ability to avoid cognitive impairment. These presentations will help to shed more light on how some are able to remain cognitively healthy through aging and to identify effective dementia prevention strategies. Register at the link

Upcoming Research Events