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Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers

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Advancing Research on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias

NIA-funded Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) work to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care, as well as find ways to treat and possibly prevent Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

About the ADCs

The National Institute on Aging funds Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) at major medical institutions across the United States. Researchers at these Centers are working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for people with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as to find ways to treat and possibly prevent these diseases.

The NIA ADCs are NIH Centers of Excellence. Established in 1984, the ADCs were the first of only six such centers to be mandated by statute.

Areas of investigation range from the basic mechanisms of disease to managing the symptoms and helping families cope with the effects. ADC researchers conduct basic, clinical, translational and behavioral research and train scientists.

Although each center has its own area of emphasis, the ADCs also enhance research on Alzheimer's disease as a network that shares new research ideas and approaches as well as data (through the National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center), biological samples (through NCRAD) and genetic information (through ADGC). The network also provides an infrastructure to facilitate NIA signature programs like ADNI and the Alzheimer's disease clinical trials consortium.

For patients and families affected by Alzheimer's disease, the ADCs offer:

  • Help with obtaining diagnosis and medical management
  • Information about the disease, services, and resources
  • Outreach to include diverse populations in research opportunities, including clinical trials and research registries
  • Support groups and other special programs for volunteers and their families

Resources for ADCs

NIA has produced communication tips and frequently asked questions on brain donation for use by ADCs. Access the brain donation resources here.

Other resources:


View the current Alzheimer's Disease Center RFA (posted 1/25/2018)

For further information, please contact Cerise Elliott at

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