University of Wisconsin
School of Medicine and Public Health

Centers and Institutes


Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 5.8 million Americans today — more than 110,000 in the state of Wisconsin alone. Both the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center and Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute focus on research to end Alzheimer's disease in these five key areas:

  • Diagnose, treat, prevent, and eventually cure Alzheimer's disease
  • Expand community-based care for families
  • Increase access to programs and services in underserved populations
  • Provide state of the art care for people with dementia across Wisconsin
  • Find and retain the best and brightest in the field

Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADRC)

The Wisconsin ADRC supports researchers in their pursuit of answers that will lead to improved diagnosis and care for patients while, at the same time, focusing on the program’s long-term goal — finding a way to cure and possibly prevent Alzheimer’s disease. The Wisconsin ADRC is focused primarily on improving early detection of Alzheimer’s disease, identifying risk and protective factors, and finding ways to delay onset and progression. Much of the center’s science is based on a wealth of information made possible by the commitment of the research volunteers and families involved in the longitudinal ADRC Clinical Core and the ADRC Research Recruitment Registry.

Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute (WAI)

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute is committed to health equity and to improving the quality of life of people living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and their families. Through research initiatives, statewide memory clinic development, education, and public health programs, we identify and provide strategies to reduce dementia risk and offer access to effective care. We invite you to join us in building a future to remember.