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Aging and Dementia

Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer's Association, incorporated on April 10, 1980 as the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Association, Inc., is a non-profit American voluntary health organization which focuses on care, support and research for Alzheimer's disease.

Alzheimer’s Genome Project

The core research effort currently funded by Cure Alzheimer’s Fund is the  Alzheimer's Genome Project™ (AGP) initiative, led by Dr. Tanzi, which has the objective of identifying all relevant remaining Alzheimer’s genes that have not yet been discovered, thereby identifying more targets for the development of therapeutic interventions.  A milestone for this project was achieved in 2008 with the identification of 70 new genes that confer risk for or protection against Alzheimer’s. This effort represents some of the most important Alzheimer’s breakthroughs in recent history, as the genes will greatly facilitate the development of effective therapies for the disease. Each newly identified gene offers fresh understanding of the pathology of the disease and holds promise for the development of therapeutic intervention.

Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center

The Johns Hopkins Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) was established in 1984, with funding from the National Institute on Aging. The clinical and basic researchers in the Center have made major contributions to current knowledge about the basic biology and clinical presentation of Alzheimer’s Disease. The overarching goal of the Center is to accelerate the discovery of new treatments that are directed at the basic mechanisms of disease, and to hasten the time when effective treatments for AD and related disorders become a reality.

National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center

The National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center (NACC) was established by the National Institute on Aging (U01 AG016976) in 1999 to facilitate collaborative research among the 29 NIA-funded Alzheimer's Disease Centers (ADCs) nationwide. NACC developed and maintains a large relational database of standardized clinical and neuropathological research data collected from each ADC, and this database provides a valuable resource for both exploratory and explanatory Alzheimer's disease research.

The Parkinson’s Institute and Research Center

Founded in 1988, The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center (PI) is America’s only independent non-profit organization that provides basic and clinical research, clinical trials and a comprehensive movement disorder patient clinic for Parkinson’s disease (PD) and related neurological movement disorders, all under one roof. Our mission is to find the causes, provide first class patient care and discover a cure. Our unique freestanding organization supports a strong collaboration of translational medicine designed to more directly connect research to patient care – from the "bench to bedside".