The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers (ADRCs) offer local resources, support, and opportunities to participate in research on Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. These centers are dedicated to developing and testing new ways to detect, diagnose, treat, and prevent dementia and to improving care for people with these diseases and their families. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) funds more than 30 ADRCs at medical institutions across the country. Each center has specific scientific and population areas of focus.
A common goal of the centers' network is to enhance research by sharing new ideas and results among the centers. By working collaboratively, the ADRCs have produced research findings and resources that have made significant contributions to addressing Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
For families affected by Alzheimer’s and related dementias, ADRCs offer:
Congress authorized the establishment of the first centers, known then as Alzheimer’s Disease Centers, through NIH funding in the mid-1980s. Over the years, the centers' program has expanded to support the nation’s increased efforts to address Alzheimer’s and related dementias.
The main objectives of the ADRCs program are to:
ADRCs conduct research spanning from the causes of and risk factors for Alzheimer’s and related dementias to potential treatments to managing symptoms and helping families cope. Following are highlights of center activities:
Much of the important progress in Alzheimer’s research in the United States during the past 35 years stems from research conducted at — or with the help of resources provided by — the ADRCs. For example, center researchers have:
To learn more about participating in a center study or to find information on support groups or other local resources, use the directory below to find an ADRC nearest you.
Find information on funding, program contacts, and news about the ADRCs.
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The Alzheimer’s & related Dementias Education & Referral (ADEAR) Center is a service of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. Call 800-438-4380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to talk with an information specialist.
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