Participation in Research & Brain Donation

Scientists want to learn more about the diseases that cause memory loss and dementia. Our center is looking for a variety of people who are willing to partner with us in Alzheimer's research. We think of study participants as our partners in the effort to find a prevention for neurological conditions that lead to dementia. New opportunities for studies or clinical trials appear over time, and these may involve different groups of patients. The goals of these studies may be to:


►Help us understand more about how these diseases change the brain

►Help us understand what triggers these changes

►Test treatments that may prevent or delay these changes


ADRC Research Inquiries

Phone: 206-744-0588 or 855-744-0588 (toll-free) | Email:


UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

Box 359791

Harborview Medical Center 325 9th Avenue Seattle, WA 98104


Clinical Trials & Studies - Currently Enrolling

Please visit:


Veterans interested in traumatic brain injury (TBI) research

Research hotline: 206-277-5566 or toll free at 800-329-8387 x65566


KOMO News filmed a segment on one of our genetics studies aimed at creating early Alzheimer's tests and treatments. Read the whole article on KOMO News: UW researchers look for early Alzheimer's test and treatment



Brain Donation

The UW ADRC primarily accepts brain donations from currently enrolled ADRC research participants and a limited number of non-ADRC research subjects. Brain donation is the most precious and valuable gift that a patient and family can give, with unique benefits. A brain autopsy provides a family with a definitive neuropathological diagnosis of a loved one and an explanation of the symptoms. Importantly, the samples allow researchers to study the link between brain aging and neurodegeneration, and to perform analyses that will identify molecular targets for early detection, treatments, and cures.

  • If you’re interested brain donation, please contact to find out more about eligibility.


  • Read Why My Grandmother Carried a Plastic Brain in Her Purse from the Atlantic, a behind-the-scenes exploration of the value, advances, and challenges of brain donation programs, made possible by sustained support from the NIH's National Institute on Aging and private sources.


The Pacific Northwest Brain Donor Network

The UW ADRC Neuropathology Core runs a brain bank with the goal of helping researchers to understand the impact of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) on active-duty military members and veterans. Veterans can begin helping now by enrolling today, even though the tissue donation may occur many years from now.

Families and military veterans interested in the Pacific Northwest Brain Donor Network, please contact our staff at

If you would like to make a financial gift to help the ADRC sustain this unique brain donor network, please visit our donations page and include a note about your specific interest in the ADRC Neuropathology Core.


Support Us

If you would like to make a financial gift to help the ADRC sustain brain banking, please visit our Donations page and include a note about your specific interest in the ADRC Neuropathology Core.


For members of the public interested in brain donation, please visit the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource.


Phone 800.BRAIN.BANK (800.272.4622) to learn more about becoming a donor. Any person 18 years of age or older can contact the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (HBTRC).



Dr. Dirk Keene, leader of the ADRC Neuropathology Core, talks to King5 News about how he thinks that neuropathological research will lead to ways to protect football players and athletes in contact sports from the cognitive impacts of brain injury.