ADRC Core Research Resources

The UW Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is committed to sharing resources, data, and samples with investigators at the UW and at institutions across the world. UW ADRC has a strong tradition of sharing tissue, cells, biofluids, DNA, data, and computer software. Please consider requesting resources from the following ADRC cores.

Consistent with achieving the goals of the ADC Program, UW ADRC shares specimens with other research scientists both within and outside the ADC Program, as well as data concerning clinical core participants with the NIA-sponsored National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center (NACC), where uniform data from all ADCs is stored centrally.

Our plan to share data, materials and our management of intellectual property adheres to the NIH Grant Policy on Sharing of Unique Research Resources, including the Sharing of Biomedical Research Resources Principles and Guidelines for Recipients of NIH Grants and Contracts; NIH Principles and Guidelines document; and Final NIH Statement On Sharing Research Data. Final, published datasets will adhere to best practices and the guidelines of the scientific community.


Tissue Resources

The ADRC Neuropathology & Targeted Testing Core is committed to sharing well characterized research specimens with researchers within and outside of the ADC program. The NPTMT brain bank maintains samples of neurological autopsy tissue including frozen, formalin fixed and paraffin embedded, formalin fixed, and fresh tissues. Tissues undergo comprehensive neuropathological evaluation and are correlated with clinical research data collected during life.

To request tissue, access the UW Neuropathology Core Resource Request Form  

To learn more about tissue resources or donations contact:


Clinical Core Resources

The ADRC Clinical Core informed consent form states explicitly that data and/or tissue, cells, blood and other biofluids, and DNA samples will be shared, after review, with:

  • National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC) - The NACC, directed by UW's Walter Kukull, coordinates data collection and fosters collaborative research among ADCs.
  • National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease (NCRAD) - The Repository maintains a database of family histories and medical records and provides genetic researchers with cell lines and/or DNA samples.
  • and other investigators

Contact: Suman Jayadev,


Data Management & Statistics

The Data Management & Statistics (DMS) Core maintains a database of raw data collected by the Clinical Core and the Neuropathology & Targeted Testing Core, including APOE genotype status. The team upload clinical neuropathological and targeted genotyping data to the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center and the Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) module. They can provide statistical support for projects, cores, pilot projects and other users of ADRC resources, statistical consulting, and/or assistance with data analysis for different projects involving ADRC members, affiliates, and non-ADRC members at the University of Washington.

Contact: Ellen Wijsman,


How to Access the ADRC Data Core Database

  • For members of the UW ADRC only, contact the data manager: Will Affleck-Asch,
  • For external researchers, contact NACC ( for access to data from the UW ADRC.



Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) Study 

Since 1986, the longitudinal ACT Study has followed 5,000 aging participants from the community from age 65 and older, collecting information on health and cognitive function every 2 years. Some develop dementia, and some agree to donate their brains at the end of life. The ACT uses this extensive data resource to identify the environmental and genetic factors that increase the risk of brain disease and find ways to help communities delay or avoid dementia.

Contact: KatieRose Richmire, ACT Project Manager, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute at:

For questions about the ACT data query tool development, please contact: Erin Bowles, Research Associate, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute at: or 206-287-2708. 

  • Transcriptomic characterization - The Aging, Dementia and TBI Study is a detailed neuropathologic, molecular and transcriptomic characterization of brains of control and TBI exposure cases from a unique aged population-based cohort from the Adult Changes in Thought (ACT) study. The open-access database was developed by a consortium consisting of the ADRC, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (formerly the Group Health Research Institute), and the Allen Institute for Brain Science.


Peptide structures and publications

In accordance with the ADRC Data Sharing Plan, all of the peptide structures and publications will be made publicly available through the Protein Data Bank and Open Access publication. All of the protein design tools and algorithms being developed in this ADRC program are distributed freely via Rosetta Commons (, where all software, including source code, is made publicly and freely available for academic use.

From Dr. Bhardwaj and Dr. Mulligan’s work (Bhardwaj et al. 2016), peptide structures have been deposited in the RCSB Protein Data Bank with accession codes 5JG9, 2ND2, 2ND3, 5JHI, 5JI4, 5KVN, 5KWO, 5KWP, 5KWX, 5KX2, 5KWZ, 5KX1 and 5KX0.


Model organisms

Model organisms generated by ADRC projects will be distributed freely or deposited into a repository/stock center such as the Caenorhabditis Genetics Center, either before or immediately after publication.


AMP-AD Knowledge Portal data

A project of Dr. Ben Logsdon, Senior Scientist at SageBionetworks, ADRC Affiliate Member

The distribution site for data, analysis results, analytical methodology and research tools generated through multiple National Institute of Aging supported programs. Currently this site supports the Accelerating Medicines Partnership-Alzheimer’s Disease (AMP-AD), the Molecular Mechanisms of the Vascular Etiology of Alzheimer’s Disease (M²OVE-AD) and the MODEL-AD Model Development and Evaluation for Late Onset AD programs. Data is available to qualified investigators and is updated periodically based on rapid data release timelines. See the Updates page for data announcements.