Research and Funding

Expert panel offers transformative recommendations for NIH Alzheimer's research centers

June 29, 2017


The National Institutes on Aging engaged leading experts from academia, industry and non-profit foundations, working in Alzheimer’s and other complex diseases, in a strategic planning process to help ensure that the next generation of Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) is poised to accomplish the goals of the National Alzheimer’s Plan. The primary focus of this planning effort has been to develop recommendations for how the network of Alzheimer’s Disease Centers can best support the implementation of the new integrated translational research agenda put forward at the 2012 and 2015 Alzheimer’s Research Summits, as well as the ADRD summits, and outlined in the research implementation milestones. The 166 resulting recommendations outline a roadmap for the Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program to leverage historical strengths and unique resources to transform the field of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias research to better understand disease and symptom heterogeneity, increase research utilization of real world clinical information, identify early risk and protective factors, and accelerate translational research advances to clinical practice. At the same time, the recommendations focus on numerous opportunities to improve the efficiency and utilization of precious sample and data resources generated through the program to make them more widely available to the research community and improve the chances of achieving the goal of successful development of more effective approaches to prevention, diagnosis, and therapy for people with dementia and their families.

Read the Panel's Recommendations for the ADCs (PDF, 219K)

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