Researchers in the UAB Alzheimer's Disease Center are tackling many aspects of the disease:

  • Drug trials testing new agents to see which will work against AD. See the Clinical Trials page for details.
  • Research to better understand AD, what causes it, how it can be diagnosed, how it progresses, and what interventions might help patients, families, and caregivers. UAB investigators are addressing these questions in both large national collaborative studies and local investigator-initiated studies.
  • Basic science (lab) research, including animal models, to better understand the causes of AD and identify new therapeutic targets. The Alzheimer's Disease Center works closely with the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics, which studies a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, and the McKnight Brain Institute, which is focused on understanding age-related memory loss.
  • Drug discovery, to develop new treatments for Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.