Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC), University of Washington


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


Extended deadline for ACT Symposium abstracts - May 20

May 16, 2019 — August 12-13th, we will hold our 7th annual ACT Symposium, highlighting aging and dementia research from the long-standing Adult Changes in Thought cohort and affiliated studies (PIs Eric Larson and Paul Crane). The theme of this year’s symposium is “Celebrating 25 years of collaborative research on aging and dementia”. The call for abstracts and proposals is now open!

Announcing ADORE!

May 16, 2019 — Explore ADORE, the NIA repository of resources to support the recruitment and retention of participants into clinical trials and studies on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Upcoming: 5/21 Book Reading of Dr. Thomas Bird’s “Can You Help Me?” Stories of Huntington’s Disease

May 15, 2019 — On May 21 7pm at Folio, Dr. Thomas Bird, MD, Emeritus, UW Neurology, will share the surprising, insightful, challenging, and even encouraging stories of patients and their families who live with Huntington's Disease. Dr. Bird has helped HD patients for more than 40 years.

Upcoming Research Events