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Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is one of the nation’s leading research centers specializing in the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.

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Live Streaming of Garrett Davis’ play, Forget Me Not

Gdavis Productions & Films in association with the University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center presents the free live streaming of Garrett Davis’ award winning stage play, Forget Me Not.

To Watch Forget Me Not, Click Here to Pre-Register ›

Upcoming Events

The University of Pittsburgh Alzheimer’s 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.

ADRC Memory Evaluation and Participation in the Research Center

Meet Annie. She participates in Alzheimer’s disease research because her Grandmother had Alzheimer’s. Read on to learn her story.

I want to know how people develop Alzheimer’s and what researchers are doing to help.


read more from Annie & other ADRC volunteers…

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.

Dementia with Lewy Bodies Consortium

Description: The purpose of this study is to collect clinical information, brain imaging scans, and biological samples from people that have dementia with Lewy bodies. This information will help researchers improve the diagnosis, care, and treatment of patients with this disease.

Study Length: 5 years

Study Requirements:
Age 40-90
Diagnosis of Lewy Body Dementia (DLB) or high likelihood
A study partner who will accompany you to all study visits

Contact:
Donna Simpson at 412-692-2717 or simpsondm@upmc.edu or
MaryAnn Oakley at 412-692-2721 or oakleym@upmc.edu

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 http://www.adni-info.org

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

Contact:
MaryAnn Oakley at 412-692-2721 or oakleym@upmc.edu

Escitalopram for Agitation in Alzheimer’s Disease (S-CitAD)

Description: The study is designed to examine the efficacy and safety of escitalopram in combination with a psychosocial intervention (PSI) as treatment for agitation in AD patients.

Study Length: 6 months

Study Requirements:
Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease with significant agitation/aggression
A study partner who will accompany you to all study visits

Contact:
Patricia Henderson 412-692-2703 or hendersonpl@upmc.edu 

FORAging – Facilitating Optimal Routines in Aging

Description: This study is looking at ways to minimize problems with everyday tasks by using a new strategy.

Study Length: 12 months

Study Requirements:
60 years of age AND
Having difficulty managing daily tasks

Contact:
MaryAnn Oakley at 412-692-2721 or oakleym@upmc.edu

ADRC Video Spotlight

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Pathways Newsletter

The Winter 2020 edition of the Pathways Newsletter is now available.