Alzheimer's Disease Core Center
The Northwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Center (NADC) was established with funding from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in 1996. The primary goals of the center are to 1) provide state-of-the-art care to patients with Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders, and 2) support clinical and basic research on memory and aging through the collection and storage of clinical data and brain tissue from research participants. Clinical data and tissue are distributed to collaborators throughout Northwestern, as well as to other Alzheimer Disease Centers. The NADC is comprised of five Cores: Clinical, Administrative, Neuropathology, Data Management and Biostatistics, and Education. Over the past year, the Clinical and Data cores have worked closely with the Education and Neuropathology cores to recruit and enroll subjects, facilitate brain donations, support investigations of dementia and aging, and educate the public on effectively coping with these illnesses.
For individuals with dementia who wish to participate in studies:
You must carry a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease or other dementia (frontotemporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia, 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 evaluation. This clinical evaluation is not part of the research.
For older individuals without meaningful cognitive decline who wish to participate in studies:
Must meet screening criteria which exclude illnesses that could interfere with cognitive function, and be able to provide the name of a friend or family member who can answer questions about daily activities and whether or not there are observable symptoms of forgetfulness.