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


Accepting Applications for the William H. Gates Sr. Fellowship from the AD Data Initiative

May 15, 2023 — The William H. Gates, Sr. Fellowship from the AD Date Initiative is now accepting applications for a two-year fellowship program ($100,000 support) to explore data from human studies and make new discoveries in the Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias field. Please see the website at link below for further details. The application deadline is 11 pm PT on Sunday June 11, 2023.

Accepting applications for the UW ADRC Research Education Component (REC) Investigator and Trainee cohorts

May 10, 2023 — We are pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the UW ADRC Research Education Component (REC) Trainee and Investigator cohorts for the coming academic year. Learn more at the link.

ADRC “Resilience Working Group” meeting

April 20, 2023 — The UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is interested in expanding its research focus on resilience in neurodegenerative disease. We are creating a monthly “Resilience Working Group” meeting to bring together a critical mass of Center leaders and interested junior investigators to help articulate and advance this theme at UW. Learn more and indicate interest at the link.

Spring 2023 Dimensions Magazine is here!

March 31, 2023 — Hello readers! The UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, in partnership with the UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center, is pleased to bring you the Spring 2023 edition of Dimensions! 

Upcoming Research Events

Cardiovascular Care and Brain Health in Native Communities

  Monday, June 12, 2023   11:00am - 12:30pm


The Native Center for Alcohol Research Education (NCARE) and Native-Controlling Hypertension and Risk Through Technology (NCHART) Webinar Series presents a panel discussion with Alzheimer's experts and researchers to further explore these areas!

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The Best Friends Approach to Dementia Care

  Tuesday, June 20, 2023   10:30am - 12:00pm

1021 Columbia St, Seattle

A Special event with David Troxel for family and professional caregivers

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Brain Health Block Party

  Wednesday, June 21, 2023   12:30pm - 2:30pm

First Hill, Seattle

You’re invited to celebrate Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month this June! Join your First Hill neighbors for our first annual Brain Health Block Party. From 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday June 21, stop by any site on the map to enjoy an outdoor brain-healthy activity such as bike-powered smoothie making, games and more. A free event for all ages. 

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