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


UW’s Maggie Ramirez, PhD, MS receives IMPACT Collaboratory Pilot Grant Award

January 04, 2022 — Congratulations to Maggie Ramirez, PhD, MS, University of Washington for receiving an IMPACT Collaboratory Pilot Grant Award for her project 'Virtual Training for Latino Caregivers to Manage Symptoms of Dementia.' This pilot study will enable her to perform and refine adaptations of the STAR-VTF intervention for Latino care partners. STAR-VTF is a virtual adaptation of an efficacious intervention that teaches caregivers skills to reduce behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia.

The Power Behind the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center

December 22, 2021 — The UW Huddle newsletter highlighted the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center. The NACC is directed by Walter Kukull, PhD, professor of Epidemiology at UW School of Public Health. The NACC collects data from the national network of Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers, including the UW ADRC.

COVID-19 Update for our Research Participants

December 22, 2021 — The UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center meets with participants in-person, by phone or virtually. If you have questions or concerns, please email the study coordinator directly, or the research team at or call 206-744-0588.

Call for applications for the 2022-2023 New Investigator Awards from NACC. Letter of Intent due December 17, 2021!

November 19, 2021 — New Investigator Awards are open to all ADRC-affiliated researchers. This funding opportunity was developed to support new and early-career investigators, as they further their career development in Alzheimer's Disease and Alzheimer's Disease Related Dementias (AD/ADRD) research. NACC has extended the deadline for the New Investigator Awards Letter of Intent until December 17, 2021! The full application is still due January 21st.

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