Alzheimer Disease Research Center (ADRC)


The mission of the USC Memory and Aging Center, which has been Federally funded since 1984, is to reduce Alzheimer and vascular-related cognitive impairment in diverse populations. To do this USC researchers study the brain changes and genetics of people with and without memory loss. Research is often dependent on comparing normal aging changes to the changes that are seen in people with memory loss, so people without memory loss are very important to our studies.

Who is eligible to participate in research at the USC Alzheimer Disease Research Center?

We invite you to participate whether or not you have concerns about your memory. Interested individuals should be residents of the greater Los Angeles area and one of the following:

  • Adults 55 years of age or older who may or may not be experiencing memory difficulties.
  • Individuals of any age with progressive memory loss due to Alzheimer's disease, or other forms of dementia.

Depending upon the study, USC staff may provide neurological examination, cognitive testing, behavior assessment, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam, and health resource and caregiver consultation.

Translation service: To facilitate your participation in our research and deliver the best care possible, we have multilingual staff who are fluent in English, Spanish, and Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese, and Taiwanese) to provide free-of-charge translation throughout your clinical experience.

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The Core actively supports funded projects both at USC, in neighboring institutions, and contributes to nationwide genomic and biomarker initiatives.  Recently, participation in three genome-wide association studies have revealed several new candidate genes that may contribute to the Alzheimer disease process.  Other dementing diseases are also being screened using brain tissues as well as blood samples.  In this way, the contributions of several genes may combine to affect the disease onset and severity.