Alzheimer's Disease Center

The mission of the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center is to improve the lives of patients and families with Alzheimer’s disease by eliminating the disease through research into its treatment and prevention.


The University of Kansas Alzheimer’s research program was established in 2004 and received the prestigious national designation as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) Alzheimer’s Disease Center in 2011, one of only 31 nationally designated Alzheimer’s Disease Centers. Led by director Dr. Russell Swerdlow and co-director Dr. Jeffrey Burns, the KU Alzheimer’s Disease Center (ADC) strives to provide cutting-edge treatment and research opportunities, as well as support and educational opportunities to caregivers and families.


Empowering Community.


Through the Lifestyle Empowerment for Alzheimer’s Prevention (LEAP!) program, our aim is to equip individuals with practical strategies that boost brain health and reduce risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is scary, but no one is powerless to fight it. We’ve scoured the research (and conducted our own) to provide the most up-to-date, science-based recommendations for brain health.


Additionally, we provide support and care management through an innovative program across the state and throughout our greater community called the Cognitive Care Network. This partnership of health providers, social workers, patients, and families are working together to ensure everyone has access to optimal care and prevention strategies.


Through outreach and education, we strive to provide everyone who needs it (not just those who find us) with the most comprehensive, creative, impactful care for brain health. And for researchers and scientists, we aim to be the best place to conduct brain health research in the country so that we can continue to move the field forward and speed the efforts to find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease, which is, of course, “THE” goal.


Join Us!


Much of what we know about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia would not have been possible without research and study participants. Whether you have memory changes or not, joining a study will help find a cure. To learn more, please visit

Gattermeir - Bruening Challenge for Alzheimer's Disease Center
Challenge unlocked! An additional $20,000 has been contributed to the Alzheimer's Disease Center thanks to Peter and Barbara Gattermeir and Richard and Jane Bruening.
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Kansas City Southern Match for Alzheimer's Disease Center
Kansas City Southern is matching all gifts dollar for dollar, up to $15,000, for the Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Double the impact of your gift today!
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