ADRC Research Projects

The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers (ADRC) throughout the nation are working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for Alzheimer’s disease patients while, at the same time, focusing on the long-term goal of finding a way to cure and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

To advance this major goal and provide leadership in the field, the UCI ADRC supports three major projects during each 5-year funding cycle. Additionally, the UCI ADRC funds two pilot projects annually in the amount of $30,000. The mission of these pilot projects is to stimulate new and innovative research relevant to Alzheimer’s disease. The pilot projects must be of high scientific quality, should represent novel approaches, be distinct from the ongoing research of the ADRC, and have a strong likelihood that subsequent extramural peer-reviewed funding would ensue. Types of research can range from basic science to clinical and neuroimaging. Proposed research may involve humans, animals or in vitro studies.  


The UC Irvine ADRC CORE COMPONENTS

Clinical
Helps families affected by Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer's disease, or another dementia while gathering invaluable research data about the clinical presentation and progression of these cognitive disorders.
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Education and Information
Garners community involvement in research, combats the widespread lack of knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease through a variety of education and outreach activities.
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Neuropathology
Was it really Alzheimer’s disease? This is the most important question that the Neuropathology Component addresses upon the death of a research volunteer for the children and grandchildren who are concerned about developing dementia.
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Data Management and Statistics
Responsible for transferring our ADRC data to the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center which houses and makes available data from all 29 Alzheimer’s disease centers to researchers worldwide.
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Administrative
Responsible for high-level planning, coordinating the five components and any research projects funded through the ADRC, attracting and nurturing the development of new investigators, and managing all ADRC operational requirements.
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