The University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC) is one of the nation's leading research centers specializing in the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. Through outpatient evaluations, participants and their families receive state-of-the-art diagnostic assessments and contribute to the scientific study of Alzheimer's disease

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Our memory evaluation is an extensive diagnostic evaluation of individuals with suspected Alzheimer's disease and other types of memory loss and/or cognitive impairment. The professionals at the ADRC understand that this is a stressful process for all and assure that individuals will be treated with sensitivity and respect.

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The ADRC is currently recruiting participants
for these clinical trials:

    Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative - 3 (ADNI3)

    Description: The overall goal is to determine the relationships among the clinical, cognitive, imaging, genetic and biochemical biomarker characteristics of the entire spectrum of Alzheimer's disease (AD) from its earliest stages. Subjects will undergo longitudinal clinical and cognitive assessments, computerized cognitive batteries, biomarker and genetic tests, PET (FDG, amyloid and tau) and MRI scans and cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) collection. For more information about the ADNI3 study visit

    Study Length: up to 5 years

    Study Requirements
    • 55-90 years of age
    • Cognitively normal; or have Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI); or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease
    • A study partner who will accompany you to all study visits
    MaryAnn Oakley at 412-692-2721 or
    Biogen (Emerge-Engage) Study

    Description: This study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of an investigational drug, Aducanumab, for individuals with Early, Mild Alzheimer's Disease or certain types of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). Study medication is administered by a once monthly infusion.

    Study Length: 18 months

    Study Requirements
    • 50-85 years of age
    • Diagnosis of mild Alzheimer's disease or certain types of MCI
    • A study partner who will accompany the participant to all clinic visits
    Carolyn Rickard at 412-692-2707 or or
    MaryAnn Oakley at 412-692-2721 or
    Connectomes in Brain Aging

    Description: This study will determine how different parts of the brain are connected and how these connections allow people to think, behave and feel. The study will involve 2-3 days of scanning and tests. Some people will be asked to return after two years.

    Study Length: 2-3 days and for some two years

    Study Requirements
    • 50-89 years of age
    • Cognitively normal; or have Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI); or have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.
    MaryAnn Oakley at 412-692-2721 or or
    Rebecca Roush 412-586-9860