Alzheimer's Research

Alzheimer's Research

What is Alzheimer’s disease?

Alzheimer’s disease, the leading cause of dementia, is a brain disorder that worsens over time and causes the loss of thinking skills such as memory, judgment, and language.

The impact of Alzheimer’s disease on African-Americans

African-Americans are more likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than whites. Several studies have estimated Alzheimer’s is 14 percent to 100 percent more common among African-Americans, according to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Volunteers needed for research studies

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The University of Virginia’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center is seeking healthy African-American volunteers ages 65 and older for a study researching Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders. Evaluations of healthy volunteers will be compared with African-Americans 65 and older with memory problems to help researchers better understand the normal aging process and how Alzheimer’s disease is affecting African-Americans. With your consent, the results of your evaluation can also be shared with your primary care physician.

What do the research studies include?

  • Medical/neurological examinations
  • Interviews with health professionals


A “study partner” (a friend or relative who can answer questions about you) must accompany all volunteers.

Where are the research studies being held?

Evaluations are conducted at UVA’s Fontaine Research Park in Charlottesville.

Free parking is available right outside the entrance to the center.

Get more information

For more information or to volunteer for the study, please contact Ishan Williams, PhD, at 434.924.0480 or Colleen Weber, CCRC, at 434.243.5898.