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


William Banks honored with Viktor Mutt Lectureship Award

November 03, 2022 — Dr. William Banks, professor (Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine)s was awarded for his outstanding work on the transportation of neuropeptides through the brain blood barrier and the study of their functional implication.

October/November Newsletter

October 31, 2022 — Catch up on the latest news and opportunities!

September 2022 Newsletter

September 30, 2022 — Read the latest edition of our monthly newsletter

Request for Proposals for the 2023-2024 UW ADRC Development Projects!

July 29, 2022 — The UW ADRC offers one-year development projects that use its resources to advance the understanding, diagnosis, and/or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. In the 2023-2024 period, the UW ADRC aims to fund 3-4 projects of up to $50,000. At least two awards will be reserved for junior applications (Postdoctoral fellows with appropriate senior collaborators or junior faculty up to the rank of Assistant Professor). Please see click the link for eligibility details and key dates, and disseminate widely.

Upcoming Research Events

AD@UW Research Education: Dementia Definition and Evaluation

  Friday, December 2, 2022   12:00pm - 1:30pm


AD@UW is a monthly 90-minute lunch-time meeting for ADRC REC trainees held 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm on 4th Fridays that is intended to provide a basic understanding of Alzheimer's disease and related dementias as well as research resources available through the UW ADRC.

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UW Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Grand Rounds: Emerging insights into the links between cranial fluid dynamics, sleep, and cognitive decline

  Friday, December 2, 2022   12:00pm - 1:00pm


Jeffrey Iliff, PhD, will discuss how impairment of glymphatic function may contribute to the development of age-related neurodegenerative conditions, including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, and may underlie the effects that aging, cerebrovascular disease, traumatic brain injury, and sleep disruption have on risk of developing these conditions.

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ADRC Seminar Series (in-person and Zoom): Steve Edland, PhD, UCSD

  Monday, December 12, 2022   12:00pm - 1:00pm

Harborview Research and Teaching Building, Main Audiorium. 300 9th Ave, Seattle, WA 98104 | Zoom

Title TBA

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