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How to Participate

Finding genes isn't easy. Since each person may have about 30,000 genes, finding the ones that increase the risk of late-life Alzheimer's disease (AD) is like finding needles in a haystack. That is why we need your help.

Family Studies
Family members share genetic material. The more close relatives in any one family, both with and without AD, the better the chance of finding the genes that contribute to AD.

There are a couple of opportunities for families with two or more living members with Alzheimer's disease or symptoms of serious memory loss to participate in research.

  • NCRAD Study:If your family has two or more living members with Alzheimer's disease or symptoms of serious memory loss, researchers may be very interested in studying your family. We are eager to involve new families from every location. For further information please view our NCRAD Study Brochure, or contact the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease at 1-800-526-2839 or by e-mail at .

  • LOAD study: If your family has two or more living siblings diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease after the age of 60 years and a third family member who has been diagnosed with memory loss or Alzheimer's disease after the age of 50 OR without symptoms of memory loss and is over the age of 60 years, researchers may be very interested in studying your family. We are eager to involve new families from every location. For further information please view our LOAD Study Brochure, or contact the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease at 1-800-526-2839 or by e-mail at .

There is one opportunity for families that are known to have an AD causing mutation in one of 3 genes (PS1, PS2, APP). Individuals participating in this study are NOT required to know whether or not they carry a mutation themselves. However, should they wish to learn their mutation status through genetic testing following genetic counseling, this study can assist with this process.

  • DIAN study:If you have a biological parent or sibling with AD caused by a known mutation then you may be eligible to participate in DIAN (Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network). For more information about DIAN, please download the DIAN Study brochure, visit the DIAN website, or call the DIAN Global Coordinator at 314-286-2683.

Individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease or Related Dementias
There are also opportunities available for individuals affected with or at risk for memory problems.

  • AA Genetics Study:  If you are an African American man or woman who is 60 years or older you may be eligible.  This study is looking for individuals with and without memory problems.  This study is only available in/near Greensboro, NC; Nashville, TN; Miami, FL; New York, NY.  Please download the AA Genetics flyer or call 212-305-1893 if you are interested.

Individuals with Early Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

  • ADNI Study: If you are between the ages of 55 and 90, are in good health but with memory problems or concerns and have a study partner (a friend or relative) who can accompany you to all clinic visits and has at least 10 hours of contact with you per week then you may be eligible. For more information please download the ADNI Study brochure, visit the ADNI Go Study website, or call 1-800-438-4380.

Healthy Controls

  • LOAD Study: If you are a healthy individual over age 60 with no neurological problems such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease or stroke and have no parents, children or siblings with Alzheimer’s disease then you may qualify. For further information please view our LOAD Study Control Brochure, or contact the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease at 1-800-526-2839 or by e-mail at .

  • AA Genetics Study: If you are an African American man or woman living in the Greensboro, NC; Nashville, TN; Miami, FL or New York, NY who is not having memory problems and are 60 years or older then you may be eligible. Please download the AA Genetics flyer or call 212-305-1893 if you are interested.


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