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 simultaneously pursuing improved treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and other causes of dementia.

Toward these goals, the UCI ADRC supports three major projects during each 5-year funding cycle. Additionally, two pilot projects are funded 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 and have a strong likelihood of subsequent extramural funding. Types of research can range from basic science to clinical and neuroimaging. Proposed research may involve humans, animals, or in vitro studies.


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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Outreach, Recruitment, and Education
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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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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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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