The principal goal of the Massachusetts ADRC is to stimulate and support research of the highest quality in aging, Alzheimer's Disease and related disorders. Our researchers work with national and international multi-disciplinary teams to understand normal aging, and the transition from normal aging to mild forms of memory problems, to the later stages of dementia. Many of our research projects are also coordinated through the National Institute on Aging's National Alzheimer's Coordinating Center. 


Boston:  An Enriched Environment For Collaborations

Boston is the mecca for studying aging and the neurodegenerative diseases, and institutions for potential collaborations, just to name a handful, include the Athinoula A. Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging; the Boston University Alzheimer's Disease Center; the Channing Division of Network Medicine of the Brigham and Women's Hospital; the Center for Human Genetic Research at the Massachusetts General Hospital; the Center for Neurologic Diseases and Center for Alzheimer Research and Treatment of the Brigham and Women's Hospital; the Feany Laboratory and the Paul F. Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging at the Harvard Medical School; the Frontotemporal Dementias Unit of the Massachusetts General Hospital; the Program in Neuroscience and the Harvard Program in Therapeutic Science at the Harvard Medical School; the Gerontology Research Unit at the Massachusetts General Hospital; the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center; the Harvard School of Public Health; the Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife; the Massachusetts General Hospital Biostatistics Center; the MassGeneral Institute for Neurodegenerative Disease; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Behavioral Neuroscience Laboratory and McGovern Institute for Brain Research; the Neuroscience Center, the Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy Research Center and the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review at the Massachusetts General Hospital.


Our Harvard community is also host to an active Edward R. Roybal Center for Translational Research in Aging, and a Center on the Demography and Economics of Aging, both funded by the National Institute on Aging.  Several members of our Center are also part of the Mass General Institute for Brain Health, an initiative of the MGH to serve individuals who are at high risk for brain disease, and those who are highly-motivated to preserve brain functioning across the lifespan.


Building on rapid advancements in biomedical research and improved technologies in brain imaging and genetics, we are hopeful that effective treatments to prevent Alzheimer's disease from developing or progressing can be discovered in partnership with the numerous individuals who support our research.


Our goal in engaging and promoting innovative research does not end with bringing about research findings to patients and family members as rapidly as possible. We also pride ourselves in providing an enriched training environment for talented medical students and junior faculty to obtain valuable experiences on the health-care delivery and public health consequences of this devastating disease on society.


We hope you will browse through our website to find out how you can support our research activities as our partner. Please call 617-643-5200 to find out more about the studies that you or your loved ones may be eligible for!