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


Please read our COVID-19 Update for ADRC research participants

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


Remember to RSVP for the Aug. 17-19th Annual ACT Symposium by Aug. 13th!

July 18, 2020 — Researchers, the theme of this year's Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) Symposium is "Bridging population science and human biology to understand brain aging and dementia risk. On Aug 17-19, we will virtually bring together researchers and other interested persons to discuss research related to ACT and brain aging science. This year’s plenary speaker is Dr. Marilyn Albert, Director of Cognitive Neuroscience at Johns Hopkins. RSVP at the link.

Now available: NIA’s “Social Determinants of Health” webinar presentations

July 02, 2020 — A recording of the "Social Determinants of Health" presentations from last week's National Institute on Aging's ADC Program "stay in touch" webinar series for ADRCs is now available

Allen Institute, UW Medicine ADRC, and Kaiser Permanente Launch New Alzheimer’s Collaboration

June 25, 2020 — The new consortium, funded by a five-year $40.5 million grant from the NIA, hopes to identify the cells that are involved in the process that leads to Alzheimer's or help protect against it. All the data will be freely available to the scientific community. Read the story on National Public Radio.

Upcoming Webinar 6/26 12 - 1pm PT: ADRC Clinical Core Webinar: Social Determinants of Health

June 12, 2020 — Discussion led by Lisa Barnes, PhD, Rush University and Amy Kind, MD, PhD University of Wisconsin. Click for Agenda and Presentations/ Register for the Zoom meeting.

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