Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center

At the forefront of dementia research for more than 30 years


The Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (IADRC) was established in 1991 to bring together investigators and institutional resources at Indiana University School of Medicine. At the forefront of Alzheimer’s disease research for over 30 years, the IADRC is one of only 33 centers in the U.S. solely committed to Alzheimer’s research. The center supports the U.S. National Alzheimer’s Project Act to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025 through innovative research on etiology, early detection and therapeutics. Signed by President Barack Obama, the Act offers a historic opportunity to address the many challenges facing people with Alzheimer’s
disease and their families.               

Get Involved

The Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center relies on the involvement of participants to further its advancement of research in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. To potentially get involved, interested participants must submit a referral form.

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Outreach and engagement

Whether it's through Walk to End Alzheimer's events, annual caregiver symposiums or the center newsletterthe IADRC has been involved in the Indianapolis and greater Indiana community for decades and continues to explore new ways to engage with Hoosiers about Alzheimer's research and brain health.

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Research participation

Each year, the IADRC opens the door for innovative research and exploration into new opportunities for participation from members of the community and those who have been most impacted by this devastating disease. 

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30 more than thirty years of Alzheimer's disease research experience
over 450 brain donations
50 million dollars in NIH funding

Alzheimer's research expertise

As one of the country's oldest Alzheimer's disease research centers and a state leader in dementia-related disease research, the IADRC is an hub for current and future research experts to further their innovation and explore new ways to uncover transformative patient care.

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Learn more about the center

Discover the faculty, staff and eight research/service cores that help lead the IADRC into new avenues of Alzheimer's disease research.

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Center awarded additional $15 million in funding from the National Institute on Aging

The Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center received a grant for $15 million from the NIA. This exceptional funding will be used to support, enhance and expand innovative research by targeting causes, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of Alzheimer's disease.

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A research hub on the path  to precision medicine

Advanced Technology and Collaboration

Through the Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and related research facilities and clinical care service centers, IU School of Medicine is working to end the suffering of this disease no matter how long it takes. The school's robust training programs and accomplished faculty are developing new researchers specifically trained to discover innovative approaches to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

What is Alzheimer's?

Learn more about Alzheimer's research at IU School of Medicine