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Alzheimer's Disease Core Center
The purpose of the Northwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Center (NADC) Core study is to support clinical and basic research on memory and aging by collecting, storing, and disseminating clinical data, brain imaging scans, and biological samples from research participants. These data and samples are collected from participants who are aging healthily and from participants who suffer from dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment.
The Northwestern Alzheimer’s Disease Center (NADC) Core study enrolls individuals with diagnoses of Mild Cognitive Impairment, Alzheimer's disease or other dementia (frontotemporal dementia, primary progressive aphasia, Lewy Body disease and others). A review of medical records, neurologist notes, and interpretations of brain imaging (i.e. MRI, PET scans, etc.) will allow us to confirm the diagnosis. 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 the study, you 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.