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 Disease Center (KU ADC) is one of only 31 nationally designated Alzheimer's Disease Centers. Led by director Dr. Russell Swerdlow and co-director Dr. Jeffrey Burns, the KU ADC strives to provide cutting-edge treatment and research opportunities, as well as support and educational opportunities to caregivers and families.
One way that we are focused on empowering community is by ensuring that we are committed to creating and maintaining a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment that nurtures the growth and development of all our students, faculty, staff, research volunteers, and patients. As such, we continue to develop our research on understanding disparities in dementia to find a cure — a cure for all of us.
To highlight just a few ADC programs that are dedicated to this commitment, we present Aging with Grace facilitated by Dr. Ashley Shaw that was created and delivered in partnership with the African American community. Aging with Grace is a free educational program that focuses on ways to reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease through lifestyle modification while addressing stigmas around clinical research participation.
Additionally, Dr. Jaime Perales’ work primarily focuses on reducing Latino dementia disparities. He has developed a tool called “Envejecimiento Digno” to help educate Latinos in dementia and engage them in research. His ability to spread awareness and advance research has an immense impact on our ability to provide the best possible comprehensive care to all.
Lastly, we are growing our services of 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 now reaching 29 counties in Kansas.
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.
At the KU ADC, we're doing more than imagining the future. We're doing the work to make it real. 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. Not able to participate in research? Help us spread the word about the importance of research participation or consider donating. Our innovation is made possible by donors like you.
Join us. Be part of the progress.
What you do today can change the future for millions.