Mission & Cores

ADRC Mission

The overall objective of the ADRC is to study the pathophysiology (changes in the brain) of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) with the aim of improving the reliability of diagnosis of AD and developing effective treatment strategies. The ADRC is funded by the National Institute on Aging and, as part of its research program, provides a comprehensive outpatient evaluation including medical, neurological, psychiatric, social, and cognitive assessments.

The success of the ADRC depends upon scientists, clinicians, patients and families working together with a shared commitment to AD research. A major focus of the ADRC is to match participating patients and their family members with opportunities to volunteer for additional AD-related studies based on their interests and the eligibility requirements of the research.

Organizational Structure

The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center’s grant award from the National Institute on Aging consists of six cores and two projects.

Administrative Core

provides the organization and structure for planning and implementation of ADRC core and research activities

Clinical Core

develops approaches to expand enrollment of individuals along the complex transition from normalcy to dementia

Data Management and Statistics (DMS) Core

facilitates research and collaboration by providing high quality data management and methodological support

Neuropathology Core

provides data and tissue resources for multi-institutional collaborative research studies

Outreach, Recruitment and Education (ORE) Core

sustains and initiates outreach activities, facilitates participant recruitment, trains and administers the research mentoring program

Neuroimaging Core

develops and applies cutting edge neuroimaging technology to studies that are focused on early and presymptomatic stages of the AD spectrum

Neurogenetics Core

collects and archives DNA and blood samples from new and existing AD patients and controls