Native AD Research Education & Resources

The UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center has a special focus on urban, rural, and reservation-dwelling American Indian and Alaska Native populations in the Pacific Northwest and surrounding areas.

This website maintains a variety of resources, including video recordings and slideshows of research talks and presentations, for researchers, students, and clinicians interested in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias in American Indians and Alaskan Natives, and will be regularly updated with new content. For questions about distribution and reuse of these materials, please contact


Current Resources

ADRC Toward Precision Medicine Symposium: Native Peoples and the All of Us Research Program: Inclusion, Collaboration, Governance, and Benefit. March 2, 2020. Available: Video and Summary (PDF)

Speaker: Spero Manson, PhD. Distinguished Professor, Public Health and Psychiatry Director, Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center, Colorado School of Public Health 


Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias Mini-Course [4 videos/slideshows (45 mins)] 

Watch the presentations of 4 experts from the UW Alzheimer's Disease Research Center/Memory and Brain Wellness Center at the Native Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center for Minority Aging Meeting, hosted by the Initiative for Research and Education to Advance Community Health (IREACH) of Washington State University on April 29–30, 2019. Slide shows are visible in the video and linked in the title.


1. Healthy and unhealthy brain aging [Video[Download Slideshow]

Presenter: Dr. Kristoffer Rhoads, PhD; Clinical Neuropsychologist, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center/ADRC

Objective: Review age-associated changes in cognitive functioning with an emphasis on biological as well as sociocultural determinants of normative neurocognitive function. Specific attention will be paid to differences in prevalence of risk factors for abnormal cognitive aging across the lifespan, cultural bias in neurocognitive measures and issues around appropriate normative data sets. 



2. Clinical essentials of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) [Video[Download Slideshow]

Presenter: Dr. Angela Hanson, MD, Geriatrician, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center

Objective: Review epidemiology, risk/protective factors, symptoms, clinical diagnoses, and standard of care for ADRD. 



3. Vascular brain injury [Video[Download Slideshow]

Presenter: Dr. Michael Persenaire, MD, Neurologist, Memory and Brain Wellness Center/ADRC

Objective: Review vascular brain injury, its relationship to dementia, comorbidity with Alzheimer’s disease, and relevance to indigenous populations. 



4. Research framework for ADRD [Video[Download Slideshow]

Presenter: Dr. Thomas Grabowski, MD; Director, UW Memory and Brain Wellness Center/ADRC/Integrated Brain Imaging Center

Objective: Review biomarker-based framework (A/T/N), biomarkers, research diagnoses, and research developments and challenges of ADRD.