Collaboration and Education

Collaboration helps the Layton Center to provide strong research base in tune with the needs of its community. Several community-based or supporting organizations unique to Oregon allow us to broaden our research and to reach beyond the university campus and the Portland metropolitan area.


The Oregon Center for Aging & Technology

ORCATECH is a collaborative research center that includes academic, industry and community partners. Primarily supported by the National Institute on Aging through a Roybal Center grant it is closely integrated with other programs of the Layton Aging & Alzheimer's Disease Center. Through cross-disciplinary research, the program seeks to identify technologies that help meet the challenges of aging, especially around two key reasons for loss of independence: loss of mobility and decline in cognitive function. ORCATECH deploys in-home technologies to detect the earliest phases of cognitive decline in healthy seniors.  Learn more about ORCATECH

Oregon Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine in Neurological Disorders (ORCCAMIND)

ORCCAMIND was created through funding from the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, part of the NIH. Past studies examined treatment using botanicals, yoga, chiropractic manipulation and acupuncture as well as more basic science studies. Current studies are focused on mind-body medicine approaches and on the utility of dietary supplements. Learn more about ORCCAMIND 

Oregon Geriatric Education Center (OGEC)

OGEC strives to improve the care of older adults through the interdisciplinary education and training of health care providers. OGEC's work concentrates on evidence-based falls prevention and the training of interprofessional health care teams in rural areas of Oregon. Learn more about OGEC 

Oregon Center for Translational Research (OCTRI)

The Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute provides a coordinated infrastructure of core services to serve clinical research investigators and staff across OHSU. Learn more about OCTRI 

Oregon Partnership for Alzheimer's Research (OPAR)

The Oregon Partnership for Alzheimer's Research Committee (OPAR), a community scientific advisory board, administers funds donated by Oregonians who designate a portion of their tax refund as a donation to "Alzheimer's research" on their tax return form. The volunteer OPAR committee has meets regularly to establish guidelines and review applications for yearly research pilot grants.