NIA-Funded Oregon Alzheimer's Disease Center

The Oregon Alzheimer Disease Center (OADC) is the core program of the Layton Aging & Alzheimer’s Disease Center, supported by the National institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Interactive, Multidisciplinary Research

The Center promotes interactive, multidisciplinary research among the scientific community. Our primary emphasis is on studies of preclinical dementia, as well as early dementia.  Well-characterized patients, clinical, MRI, genetic and family history data, as well as tissues and biological specimens are made available to investigators and research groups worldwide.


We recruit and follow research volunteers with a special emphasis on:

  1. Healthy elderly at high risk of developing dementia, emphasizing those older than 85 years of age  
  2. Persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or early AD  
  3. Persons reflecting social and ethnic diversity (African American and rural populations)  
  4. Persons with less common dementias (e.g. dementia with Lewy bodies and frontotemporal dementia) for collaborative study with other AD centers
  5. Healthy older adults for long-term studies.

Expert Source

In addition, the Center provides key knowledge to professional and lay communities as the expert source in Oregon for information and education in brain aging and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Our work has fostered the creation of a living laboratory and inspired a community of learning.

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