The understanding of the clinical, pathologic and molecular aspects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias has advanced rapidly. Brain tissue of demented individuals must be studied for diagnostic and research purposes using a multidisciplinary approach. The Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center Clinical Core at Indiana University School of Medicine has collected a wealth of information through clinical assessments, cognitive testing, imaging, and the collection of biomarkers. Linking this clinical data with autopsy findings maximizes the impact of information collected and is invaluable in supporting future research.
Transforming Alzheimer's researchInformation obtained from examinations of donated tissue helps the researchers at the Indiana Alzheimer's Disease Research Center identify genetic causes and environmental risk factors of Alzheimer’s disease. Additionally, this valuable information helps the Center advance the development of technology in the early diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The data gathered through this program is used in studies conducted at IU School of Medicine and entered into a national databank, where it can be accessed by researchers around the world. This work not only helps the world's understanding of this challenging disease, but it also ensures the disease will eventually effectively be treated and prevented.