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Asian Cohort for Alzheimer's Disease (ACAD)

Start: March 2021
Enrollment: 5000

What Is This Study About?

Little is known about the genetic and lifestyle risk factors of Alzheimer's disease in people of Asian ancestry, largely due to the relatively low numbers of research participants from this group. The Asian Cohort for Alzheimer's Disease (ACAD) study will address this gap for Alzheimer's research by recruiting participants of Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese ancestry, and later extending to other major Asian populations. Participants will complete questionnaires, receive cognitive testing, and provide a saliva sample for genetic analysis. Researchers will compare the DNA, medical histories, and lifestyle factors of healthy participants and participants with cognitive impairment. The study team will also track participants' memory and other cognitive test scores over time. Results from this study may help researchers to identify risk factors associated with Alzheimer's in people of Asian ancestry and improve the development of diagnostics and treatments.

Do I Qualify To Participate in This Study?

Minimum Age: 60

Must have:

  • Living in the United States or Canada
  • Chinese, Korean, and Vietnamese ancestry
  • Participants with cognitive impairment (e.g., Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment) OR healthy adults with no cognitive problems

Must NOT have:

None listed

If I Qualify, Who Do I Contact?

Contact study personnel listed either under the Central Contact Information.


Who Is the General Study Contact?

For more information on how to participate in ACAD, visit the ACAD study website or contact the study team.

Need Help?

Contact NIA’s Alzheimer’s and related Dementias Education and Referral (ADEAR) Center at 800-438-4380 or email ADEAR.

Where Is This Study Located?

University of Pennsylvania (National Enrollment Online)
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Who Sponsors This Study?

Lead: University of Pennsylvania

Collaborator Sponsor

  • National Institute on Aging