Alzheimer's Disease Core Center

CNADC is one of 30 Alzheimer's Disease Core Centers (ADCC) across the United States funded by the National Institute on Aging, and one of three state Alzheimer's regional assistance centers funded by the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Our mission is to provide a foundation for the integration of clinical and research activities in Alzheimer's disease, other related dementia-causing diseases, and healthy cognitive aging. 

Enrollment Procedures for the Clinical Core

For individuals with dementia who wish to participate in studies:

You must carry a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or other dementia (frontotemporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia, Pick's disease, Vascular dementia, Cortical Lewy Body disease and others), established a thorough evaluation prior to enrollment to assure that individuals are eligible to participate. If you think you may have dementia but have not yet been evaluated, you must first undergo a clinical evalation. This clinical evaluation is not part of the research.

Individuals can seek clinical evaluation at the Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation's Neurobehavior and Memory Health Service to establish a diagnosis prior to consideration for enrollment.

For older individuals without serious cognitive decline who wish to participate in studies:

Structure of the Clinical Core

The structure of the ADCC consists of 5 "Cores":

and a large network of affiliated researchers and clinicians in the Northwestern system:

Executive Committee

M. Mesulam (PI/Director)
S. Weintraub (Clinical Core Leader)
A. Rademaker (Data Management & Statistics Core Leader)
E. Bigio (Neuropathology Core Leader)
D. Morhardt (Education Core Leader)
J. Disterhoft (Associate Director and Director, Pilot Programs)
K. Connolly (Business Administrator)