About the Center

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic promotes research and education about healthy brain aging, mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's disease, Lewy body dementia, frontotemporal dementia and other related dementia disorders.

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, which is jointly based at the Mayo Clinic campuses in Jacksonville, Florida, and Rochester, Minnesota, also provides care and services for patients with dementia disorders and their families.

Ultimately, researchers in the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center hope to prevent, delay and possibly cure Alzheimer's disease and other dementia disorders.

In creative, interdisciplinary collaboration, researchers in the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center conduct a wide range of investigations, such as the molecular workings of memory and clinical trials that test new drugs. The center is a leader in classifying and diagnosing different forms of early-stage cognitive changes and identifying predictive models of risk. The center also trains new scientists.

The Alzheimer's Disease Research Center also studies the entire spectrum of aging, including normal aging, mild cognitive impairment and dementia, in cooperation with the Mayo Clinic Study of Aging.

Research in the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center has led to the detection of biomarkers and advanced neuroimaging tests, in turn paving the way for potential new prevention therapies and treatments for early Alzheimer's disease.

Research Center of Excellence

The Research Center of Excellence at the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minnesota, is the Coordinating Center for the entire Lewy Body Dementia (LBD) Association: Research Centers of Excellence program. This network currently consists of 33 of the nation's leading LBD research institutions, which are committed to providing advanced LBD care, community outreach and support.

Learn more about the Lewy Body Dementia Association's Research Centers of Excellence.

Patient support

For patients and families affected by Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Mayo Clinic offers:

  • Opportunities to participate in drug trials, clinical research projects, special programs, support groups and education events
  • Information, education and programs for participants and families


The director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is Ronald C. Petersen, M.D., Ph.D.


The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer's Disease Research Center is one of 29 Alzheimer's disease centers in the U.S. funded by the National Institute on Aging.

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.