The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is one of 27 Alzheimer's centers in the U.S. funded by the National Institutes of Health. Although each of the Alzheimer's disease centers has a unique focus, a common goal is to enhance research by sharing ideas, innovative strategies and research results.
The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is jointly based in Rochester, Minn., and Jacksonville, Fla.
The director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.
The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is organized into five cores:
1. Administrative Core
The Administrative Core oversees and coordinates all research activities of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. It facilitates new research projects on dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
2. Clinical Core
The Clinical Core assesses people with memory disorders and related conditions, as well as people of the same age and sex who have normal cognitive abilities.
3. Data Management and Biostatistics Core
Acting Director: Julia E. Crook, Ph.D. (Jacksonville)
The Data Management and Biostatistics Core provides statistical expertise for research in the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and for designing and managing the center's research databases and tissue banks. This core provides statistical consultation to the research projects as well as support for the operation of the cores.
4. Neuropathology Core
- Directors: Joseph E. Parisi, M.D., (Rochester) and Dennis W. Dickson, M.D., (Jacksonville)
The Neuropathology Core performs detailed neuropathologic examinations of patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia to determine a definitive diagnosis. This core also provides a mechanism for characterizing cognitively normal older adults and provides tissue to investigators who are researching aging and dementia.
5. Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core
- Directors: Angela Lunde (Rochester) and John A. Lucas, Ph.D. (Jacksonville)
The Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core provides the most current information about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment, caregiving strategies and resources about Alzheimer's disease to health care professionals, family members and the community at large. Educational programs, support groups and conferences are offered in both Rochester, Minn., and Jacksonville, Fla. See the Events page for more educational and support opportunities.