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Washington Receives $19.7 Million Grant for National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center

The National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center, located in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of Washington School of Public Health, has received funding for another five years at $19.7 million. Since its founding in 1999, the center will have been funded continuously by the National Institute on Aging, one of the National Institutes of Health.

Walter Kukull

[Photo: Dr. Walter A. Kukull]

“Our renewal application received outstanding scores in peer review,” said Dr. Walter A. Kukull, professor of epidemiology and center director, “and we are pleased to receive this level of support from NIH/NIA, especially given the current competitive funding environment.”

The center supports Alzheimer’s disease research by maintaining a large cumulative database for the NIH/NIA Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Program and making the data available to researchers worldwide. The data come from approximately 30 NIA-funded Alzheimer Disease Centers across the United States, which enroll not only Alzheimer’s patients but also cognitively normal subjects and those with other dementia-causing diseases.

The National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center’s plans for the next five years are to increase the research capability of the database by:

The center will work closely with the NIH/NIA, the center’s Steering Committee and the Alzheimer’s Disease Centers to accomplish these plans.