Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers are a Useful Tool for Alzheimer's Caregivers

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers around the country are an important source of information and help for Alzheimer's caregivers and their families.

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I often receive emails from readers asking me how to find someone that is experienced in the diagnosis of dementia, or searching for help on other Alzheimer's dementia related problems. When this happens, the first thing I do is ask them their location.

There are about 30 Alzheimer's Disease Research Centers (ADRC) around the country. When most people think ADRC they think research.

However, most ADRCs have doctors in practice, practicing neurologists, a long list of resources that can benefit caregivers and their families, and they can help identify additional resources that are available in your area.

The ADRC is a go to place for all Alzheimer's caregivers. Even if there is not one nearby, you can still call and ask for their help, guidance, and assistance.

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These centers can be very helpful to families, and I suggest if you have a problem or question you contact them.

Most of the doctors and scientists are affitiated with other medical institutions in their state. So even if the ADRC is not close by, but is in your state, they can be a great resource for referrals and information.

The map and list below has the location of the currently available ADRCs.

The National Institute on Aging funds Alzheimer’s Disease Centers (ADCs) at major medical institutions across the Nation . Researchers at these Centers are working to translate research advances into improved diagnosis and care for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) patients while, at the same time, focusing on the program’s long-term goal—finding a way to cure and possibly prevent AD.

For patients and families affected by AD, the ADRCs offer:
  • Diagnosis and medical management (costs may vary—centers may accept Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance).
  • Information about the disease, services, and resources.
  • Opportunities for volunteers to participate in drug trials, support groups, clinical research projects, and other special programs for volunteers and their families.
Some ADRCs have satellite facilities which offer diagnostic and treatment services and research opportunities in underserved, rural, and minority communities.

ADC Directory

Arizona Alzheimer’s Disease Center/Sun Health Research Institute
Eric Reiman, M.D., Director
Arizona Alzheimer's Disease Center
Banner Alzheimer's Institute
901 E. Willeta Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006
Information Line: 602-239-6500
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 602-239-6999
Director's Fax: 602-239-6253

Stanford University
Victor W. Henderson, M.D., M.S., Director
Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center
300 Pasteur Drive, MC 5235
Stanford, CA 94305-5235
Information Line: 650-721-2409
ADC email:
Director’s email:
Director’s Tel: 650-723-5456
Director’s Fax: 650-723-7434

University of California, Davis
Charles S. DeCarli, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Center
University of California, Davis Medical Center
4860 Y Street, Suite 3700
Sacramento, CA 95817-4540
Information Line: 916-734-5496
Director's e-mail:
Fax: 916-703-5290

Satellite Center:
UC Davis East Bay
Bruce Reed, PhD, Associate Director
100 North Wiget Lane, Suite 150
Walnut Creek, CA 94598
Telephone: 855-420-2612
Associate Director's email:

University of California, Irvine
Frank LaFerla, Ph.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
University of California, Irvine
3212 BS III
Irvine, CA 92697-4545
Information Line: 949-824-5847
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 949-824-1232
Director's Fax: 949-824-2447

University of California, Los Angeles
Dale E. Bredesen, M.D.
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
10911 Weyburn Avenue, Ste. 200
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1769
Information Line: 310-794-3665
Director's e-mail:
Director's Fax: 310-794-3148

Satellite Center:
Memory Disorders Clinical and Research Program
Olive View-UCLA Medical Center
Director: Sheldon M. Wolf, M.D.
14445 Olive View Drive 2C-136
Sylmar, CA 91342-1495
Center Tel: 818-212-4597
Director’s e-mail:

University of California, San Diego
Douglas R. Galasko, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Department of Neurosciences
UCSD School of Medicine
9500 Gilman Drive (0948)
La Jolla, CA 92093-0948
Information Line: 858-622-5800
ADC e-mail:
Director's e-mail:
Center Fax: 858-622-1017

Satellite Center:
UC San Diego Hispanic Satellite and Outreach
Douglas Galasko, M.D., Director
8950 Villa La Jolla Drive, Suite C129
La Jolla, CA 92037
Center Tel: 858-822-4800
Director’s e-mail:

University of California, San Francisco
Bruce Miller, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
University of California, San Francisco
Box 1207
675 Nelson Rising Lane
San Francisco, CA 94143-1207
Information Line: 415-476-6880
ADC e-mail:
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 415-476-5569
Director's Fax: 415-476-4800

University of Southern California
Helena Chui, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
University of Southern California
Health Consultation Center
1510 San Pablo Street, HCC643
Los Angeles, CA 90033
Information Line: 323-442-7600
ADC e-mail:
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 323-442-7686
Director's Fax: 323-442-7689

Yale University
Stephen Strittmatter, M.D., Ph.D., Director
Yale University Alzheimer’s Disease Center
295 Congress Ave, BCMM 436
New Haven, CT 06536
Website: (TBA)
Center email:
Information Line: 203-785-4736
Director’s Tel: 203-785-4878
Director’s Fax:203-785-5098
Director’s email:

Mayo Clinic in Florida
Neill Graff-Radford, M.D., Associate Director
Memory Disorder Clinic
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Center Tel: 904-953-6523

* The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center has two branches, one in Jacksonville, FL and one in Rochester, MN.

University of Florida Alzheimer's Disease Center
Todd E. Golde, M.D., Ph.D., Director
University of Florida
Center for Translational Research in Neurodegenerative Disease
1275 Center Drive
BMS J-497
P. O. Box 100159
Gainesville, FL 32610-0159
Information Line: 352-273-7436 (primary)
352-273-9458 (secondary)
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 352-273-9456
Director's Fax: 352-294-5060

Emory University
Allan I. Levey, M.D., Ph.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Center
Wesley Woods Health Center, 3rd Floor
1841 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329
Information Line: 404-712-6838
ADC e-mail:
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 404-727-7220
Fax: 404-727-3999

Northwestern University
M.-Marsel Mesulam, M.D., Director
Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease Center
Feinberg School of Medicine
Northwestern University
675 N St. Claire, Galter 20-100
Chicago, IL 60611
Information Line: 312-926-1851
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 312-908-9339
Director's Fax: 312-908-8789

Rush University Medical Center
David A. Bennett, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Center
Rush University Medical Center
Armour Academic Center
600 South Paulina Street, Suite 1028
Chicago, IL 60612
Information Line: 312-942-3333
Director's e-mail:
Center's Fax: 312-563-4605

Indiana University
Andrew Saykin, PsyD., ABCN, Director
Indiana Alzheimer Disease Center
IU Health Neuroscience Center, Suite 4100
Indiana University School of Medicine
355 West 16th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Information Line: 317-274-1590
ADC e-mail:
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 317-963-7501
Director's Fax: 317-963-7547

Satellite Center:
Healthy Aging Brain Center
Center for Senior Health
Malaz A. Boustani, M.D., Director
Wishard Hospital
1001 W. 10th St.
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2879
Center Tel: 317-630-2564
Director’s email:

University of Kansas
Russell H. Swerdlow, M.D., Director
Alzheimer’s Disease Center
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
2100 West 36th Ave, Suite 110
Kansas City, KS 66160
Information Line: 913-588-0555
ADC Email:
Director’s Email:
Director’s Tel: 913-588-8055
Director’s Fax: 913-945-5035

University of Kentucky
Linda Van Eldik, Ph.D., Director
University of Kentucky Alzheimer's Disease Center
Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Rm. 101
800 South Limestone St.
Lexington, KY 40536-0230
Information Line: 859-323-6040
Director’s e-mail:
Director’s Tel: 859-257-1412, ext. 271
Fax: 859-323-2866

Satellite Center:
Minority Gateway Clinic
Charles D. Smith, M.D., Director
217 Elm Tree Lane
Lexington, KY 40508
Center Tel: 859-323-5550
Director’s e-mail:

The Johns Hopkins University
Marilyn Albert, Ph.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Division of Neuropathology
The Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutions
558 Ross Research Building
720 Rutland Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21205-2196
Information Line: 410-502-5164
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 410-614-3040
Director's Fax: 410-502-2189

Boston University
Neil William Kowall, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Center
VA Boston Healthcare System
Neurology Service (127)
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston MA 02130
Information Line: 1-888-458-2823 (toll free)
ADC e-mail:
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 857-364-4831
Director's Fax: 857-364-4454

Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Bradley T. Hyman, M.D., Ph.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Massachusetts General Hospital
114 16th Street, Room 2009
Charlestown, MA 02129
Information Line: 617-726-3987
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 617-726-2299
Director's Fax: 617-724-1480

Mayo Clinic*
Ronald Petersen, M.D., Ph.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
4111 Highway 52 North
Rochester, MN 55901
Information Line: 507-284-1324
ADC e-mail:
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 507-538-0487
Director's Fax: 507-284-6012
Main Fax: 507-538-0878

* The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center has two branches, one in Rochester, MN and one in Jacksonville, FL.

Washington University at St. Louis.
John C. Morris, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Washington University School of Medicine
Department of Neurology
4488 Forest Park Avenue, Suite 130
St. Louis, MO 63108-2293
Information Line: 314-286-2881
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 314-286-2881
Director's Fax: 314-286-2763

Satellite Centers:
Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center African-American Outreach Satellite (AAOS)
David Carr, M.D., Director
Division of Geriatrics and Nutritional Science
660 S. Euclid, Campus Box 8303
St. Louis, MO 63110
Center Tel: 314-286-2706
Director’s e-mail:

Charles F. and Joanne Knight Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Rural Education and Outreach Satellite (REOS)
Andrea Denny, JD, MSSW, Director
4488 Forest Park Parkway, Suite 130
S. Louis, MO 63108
Center Tel: 314-362-0433
Director e-mail:

New York
Columbia University
Scott Small, M.D., Director
Columbia University Alzheimer's Disease Center
630 West 168th Street, P&S 15-402
New York, NY 10032
Information Line: 212-305-2077
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 212-305-3300
Director's Fax: 212-305-5498

Satellite Center:
ADRC Northern Manhattan Community Satellite
Memory Disorders - 1st Floor
Lawrence S. Honig, M.D., Ph.D., Director
1051 Riverside Drive
New York, NY 10032
Center Tel: 212-543-5853
Director’s e-mail:

Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Mary Sano, Ph.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Department of Psychiatry
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
One Gustave Levy Place, Box 1230
New York, NY 10029-6574
Information Line: 212-241-8329
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 718-741-4228
Fax: 718-562-9120

New York University
Steven H. Ferris, Ph.D., Director
NYU Langone Medical Center
Center of Excellence on Brain Aging
145 E 32nd St, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10016
Information Line: 212-263-8088
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 212-263-5703
Director's Fax: 212-263-6991

Satellite Center:
Alzheimer’s Disease Center Multicultural Program
Karyn Marsh, LCSW, Director
New York University
Langone Medical Center
145 East 32nd Street, Second Floor
New York, NY 11216
Center Tel: 212-263-3201
Director’s e-mail:

Oregon Health and Science University
Jeffrey Kaye, M.D., Director
Aging and Alzheimer's Disease Center CR 131
Oregon Health and Science University
3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Road
Portland, OR 97239-3098
Information Line: 503-494-6695
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 503-494-6976
Director's Fax: 503-494-7499

University of Pennsylvania
John Q. Trojanowski, M.D., Ph.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Center
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
HUP, Maloney 3rd Floor
36th and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Information Line: 215-662-7810
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 215-662-4708
Director's Fax: 215-349-5909

University of Pittsburgh
Oscar Lopez, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
University of Pittsburgh
Department of Neurology
3501 Forbes Ave, Ste 830
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Information Line: 412-692-2700
Director's e-mail:
Center's Fax: 412-692-2710

Satellite Center:
Alzheimer Outreach Center
Hill House Center
Oscar Lopez, M.D., Director
1835 Center Avenue
Suite 230
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Center Tel: 412-261-0742
Director’s e-mail:

University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center
Roger N. Rosenberg, M.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
Department of Neurology
University of Texas SW Medical Center
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, TX 75390-9129
Information Line: 214-648-9376
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 214-648-3239
Fax: 214-648-6824

Satellite Center:
Choctaw Nation Health Care Center
Carey Fuller, Director
One Choctaw Way
Talihina, OK 74571
Center Tel: 918-567-7192
Director’s e-mail:

University of Washington
Thomas Montine, M.D., Ph.D., Director
Alzheimer's Disease Center
Harborview Medical Center
Department of Pathology
325 9th Avenue
Seattle, WA 981084
Information Line: 1-800-317-5382
ADC e-mail:
Director's Telephone: 206-731-4106
Director's e-mail:
Fax: 206-341-5249

University of Wisconsin
Sanjay Asthana, MD, Director
University of Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Center
2500 Overlook Terrace
Madison, WI 53705
Information Line: 1-866-636-7764 or 608-256-1901 x12921
Director's e-mail:
Director's Tel: 608-262-8597
Director's Fax: 608-263-7645

Satellite Center:
Wisconsin ADRC Minority Recruitment Satellite Program
Dorothy Edwards, Ph.D., Director
J5/1 Mezzanine
600 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53792
Center Tel: 608-263-2582
Director’s e-mail:

Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study (ADCS)
The ADCS conducts clinical trials on promising compounds designed to improve cognitive functioning, slow the rate of decline, or delay the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer's Disease Cooperative Study
University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive - 0949
La Jolla, CA 92093-0949
Information Line: 858-622-5880

National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC)
The Center coordinates data collection and fosters collaborative research among ADCs.

Walter Kukull, Ph.D., Director
National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center
4311 11th Avenue NE, #300
Seattle, WA 98105
Information Line: 206-543-8637
Fax: 206-616-5927

National Cell Repository for Alzheimer's Disease (NCRAD)
The Repository maintains a database of family histories and medical records and provides genetic researchers with cell lines and/or DNA samples.

Tatiana Foroud, Ph.D., Director
Indiana University Medical Center
Department of Medical and Molecular Genetics
975 West Walnut Street, Room IB-130
Indianapolis IN 46202-5251
Information Line: 1-800-526-2839 (toll free)
Fax: 317-274-2387

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