Cores

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is organized into five cores.

1. Administrative Core

The Administrative Core oversees and coordinates all research activities within the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center. It also facilitates new research projects on dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate directors: Guojun Bu, Ph.D., Neill R. Graff-Radford, M.D., David S. Knopman, M.D., and Rosa Rademakers, Ph.D.

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.

Directors: Bradley F. Boeve, M.D., David S. Knopman, M.D., and Neill R. Graff-Radford, M.D.

3. Data Management and Biostatistics Core

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. The core also provides statistical consultation to the research projects and support for the operation of the cores.

Director: Walter K. Kremers, Ph.D.

4. Neuropathology Core

The Neuropathology Core performs detailed neuropathologic examinations of patients with mild cognitive impairment and dementia to determine a definitive diagnosis. The core also provides a mechanism for characterizing cognitively normal older adults and provides tissue to investigators who are researching aging and dementia.

Directors: Dennis W. Dickson, M.D., and Joseph E. Parisi, M.D.

5. Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core

The Outreach, Recruitment and Education Core provides the most current information about risk factors, diagnosis, treatment and caregiving strategies, along with recommendations for living well with Alzheimer's disease.

The core is involved in outreach and research related to improving the day-to-day lives of patients, care partners and families. A variety of educational opportunities are available in both Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida. Visit the Patient Events page for more education and support opportunities.

Directors: John A. Lucas, Ph.D., and Angela M. Lunde, M.A.