Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The UCI Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) is one of 30 centers of excellence across the country funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), a division of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

As Orange County’s only federally funded center, the UCI ADRC seeks to translate research findings into improved diagnosis, treatment, and care for people living with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders, and to ultimately discover means to prevent and cure these conditions. Specifically, the UCI ADRC aims to:

  • Describe the cognitive and underlying brain changes that differentiate normal aging, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Investigate ways to identify, diagnose, and treat Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders.
  • Better understand cognitive aging in special populations, including the oldest old and individuals with Down syndrome.
  • Engage older adults in a variety of studies on memory and aging and investigation of improved treatments.
  • Serve as the expert source of information on memory and aging for Orange County seniors, health care professionals, aging service providers, and the community at large.

To accomplish its aims, the UCI ADRC functions in six collaborative cores that include investigators from a variety of disciplines (e.g., neurology, neurobiology, nursing, geriatric medicine, social work, pathology, statistics):