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


Collaborating for a Dementia-Friendly Washington: Inspiring Change

September 17, 2020 — Join us September 29-30for a 2-day virtual conference promoting the growth of dementia-friendly communities in our state. The event is for all who want to take action to make their communities more dementia-friendly, including people with dementia, caregivers, and people who work in a variety of public sectors. Learn More and Register!

The Annual UW/OHSU Huntington’s Disease Symposium is just around the corner on Oct. 10

September 15, 2020 — Join the Pacific Northwest HD community on Zoom for an exciting virtual line-up of presentations filled with information, support, and hope on Sat. Oct. 10 from 9am - 2pm. See schedule and register at the link.

COVID-19 Update for our Research Participants

September 01, 2020 — The UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center continues to complete Clinical Core longitudinal study visits by telephone or video.  Clinical trial visits have resumed with a combination of in-person, telephone, and virtual appointments.  If you have questions or concerns, please email the study coordinator directly, or the research team at or call 206-744-0588.

Request for Proposals for the 2021-2022 UW ADRC Development Projects

August 31, 2020 — The UW ADRC offers one-year development projects that use its resources to advance the understanding, diagnosis, and/or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Depending on funding availability, the UW ADRC will fund 3-4 projects of up to $50,000 each. Funds would be awarded for a one-year project period, 5/1/2021 through 4/30/2022. Letters of Interest should be submitted by 11:59pm PST on September 14, 2020.

Upcoming Research Events