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


Brian Kraemer awarded $250,000 by Washington Research Foundation to develop small molecules to treat Alzheimer’s disease

April 14, 2022 — "WRF’s generous support has enabled us to make rapid progress on early-stage drug discovery work towards MSUT2-based therapeutics." - UW ADRC's Brian Kraemer, PhD

2022- 2023 ADRC Development Projects

February 23, 2022 — Check out the newly funded ADRC Development Projects for 2022 - 2023. These projects, led by postdoctoral fellows and faculty members, use ADRC resources to advance the understanding, diagnosis, and/or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

Dimensions Magazine - Winter/Spring 2022 is here!

January 21, 2022 — The newest edition explores the Memory Hub: A Place for Dementia-Friendly Community, Collaboration, and Impact and highlights new findings from ADRC research studies. Our fall communications intern, Emi Takayama brings you an article about what microglia - the immune cells of the brain - can tell us about personal Alzheimer's genetic risk. And, Dr. Angela Hanson of the Memory and Brain Wellness Center, shares her key takeaways from the 2021 Alzheimer's Association International Conference. Happy reading!

Call for Applicants: LBDA New Investigator Award

January 20, 2022 — The LBDA New Investigator Award is intended to support early career and new investigators in LBD who have not yet received an R01 award from the National Institutes of Health, to gather preliminary data for projects proposed in future LBDA grant applications. LBDA is seeking proposals for translational or clinical research studies using human subjects, biofluid/tissue samples, or existing clinical data sets to answer questions about LBD diagnosis, clinical management, and well-being of persons with LBD and family caregivers. Letter of Intent due: Feb. 18, 2022, 8:59 p.m. PT. Request for proposals at the link.

Upcoming Research Events

ADRC CPC Clinicopathological Correlation Conference [ZOOM]

  Friday, May 20, 2022   9:00am - 10:30am


A presentation of case studies and discussion of new insights into the relationship between neuropathology, genetics, clinical disease manifestation.

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Online Platforms to Enable Collaboration in AD Research

  Monday, May 23, 2022   12:00pm - 1:00pm


The UW ADRC is hosting a special presentation on a topic of much recent interest: online platforms for enabling ADRD research. Presenters: Sean Mooney, PhD (UW Medicine) and Sarah Biber, PhD (NACC)

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AD@UW (Research Education) - Topic: Dementia Imaging

  Friday, May 27, 2022   12:00pm - 1:30pm

AD@UW: a monthly 90-minute lunch-time meeting held 12:00-1:30pm on 4th Fridays that is intended to provide a basic understanding of Alzheimer’s Disease and AD-Related Dementia as well as research resources available through the UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. Faculty guide: Thomas Grabowski, MD

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