The ADRC is one of the nation’s leading research centers specializing in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
How do I schedule a memory evaluation?
To schedule a memory evaluation first complete the application and return it by mail or by fax. The application will be reviewed and you will be contacted if additional information is needed. Following the review you will be contacted to schedule an appointment.
How long must I wait for an appointment once I request a memory evaluation?
Once the application is received the evaluation will be scheduled within the next 2-3 months.
What happens during a memory evaluation?
The comprehensive outpatient memory evaluation usually takes 3 to 4 hours to complete and includes medical, neurological, psychiatric, social and cognitive assessments. Informant input is sought in every case therefore individuals seeking an evaluation must be accompanied by a family member, close friend or caregiver who can answer detailed questions about their memory, thinking skills and behavior. After the evaluation has been completed the assessment team holds a consensus conference to review the case. At this time the diagnosis is determined and treatment options are discussed. Eligibility for clinical trials (e.g. medication trials) or participation in other types of research studies (e.g. imaging trials, observational studies) is also considered. Following this conference, the participant and family are asked to return to the ADRC to discuss the findings, treatment options and potential to participate in additional research. Education and counseling are provided and appropriate resources are identified. The participant and informant are asked to return annually for follow up visits to monitor cognitive and functional status, for continued education and support and to determine eligibility for additional research trials.
Is there a charge for a memory evaluation?
There is no charge for the memory evaluation. Clinical blood tests, neuroimaging scans of the brain (such as MRI, PET, SPECT, or CT), electroencephalogram (EEG), or lumbar puncture will be billed to your insurance if it is medically indicated.
Can I request that results of the memory evaluation be sent to my doctor?
With participant approval, a written report can be sent to the Primary Care Physician and/or referring physician. Participants will be asked to sign a release of records request form.
Can I volunteer for research if I am not having memory problems?
If you are over the age of 60 and without complaint of memory or thinking problems you may qualify to participate as a control participant for the Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC). You must have a “study partner” who can accompany you to clinic visits. A study partner is a family member or close friend who knows you well and can answer questions about your memory and functioning.
If I enroll in the ADRC program do I still have to see my regular doctor?
Participation at the ADRC does not replace the medical care provided by your regular doctor. It is recommended that you continue your medical care with your doctor while participating at the ADRC.
Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
UPMC Montefiore, 4th floor, suite 421
200 Lothrop Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15213