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About the KU ADC

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In 2011, the National Institute of Aging (NIA) named the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center a nationally designated and funded Alzheimer's Disease Center. On September 2016, the NIA renewed the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center's national designation. The KU Alzheimer's Disease Center (KU ADC) is one of just 31 such centers in the United States. Read the news release. The KU ADC has a Research Division and a separate Memory Care Clinic. 

Research Division

KU ADC scientists have received international attention for research on how various lifestyle factors, including fitness and physical activity, affect normal aging and Alzheimer's disease. Much of the work at the KU ADC investigates how energy is produced for the brain and how energy production changes with age and Alzheimer's. Our Research Division brings the latest clinical trials to Kansas City and tests the newest medicines.

Discovery and Innovation Studies: Our discovery and innovation studies offer participants an opportunity to learn how current behavioral and environmental factors may play a role in the development and progression of Alzheimer's disease. These studies are primarily observational and do not affect study outcomes through intervention.

Treatment Trials: Our Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) specializes in studies that involve investigational medications for the treatment or prevention of Alzheimer’s and related diseases. These trials offer participants an opportunity to access investigational medications not available to the general public.

Prevention Trials: Our Physical Health Intervention Team (PHIT) conducts studies that involve interventions such as exercise, diet and other aspects of lifestyle. The PHIT team works closely with partners at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and Genesis Health Clubs to conduct many of the prevention trials.

Memory Care Clinic

The KU ADC's Memory Care Clinic is the region's premier clinic specializing in disorders like Alzheimer's, Frontotemporal dementia and Lewy Body dementia. We have world class specialists that help families manage diagnosis and treatment. 

Whether you are coming for a research or clinic visit, watch our video so you know what to expect.

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What does an Alzheimer's Disease Center (ADC) offer?

  • Medical clinic visits
  • Research opportunities
  • Education and Community Outreach

What is a medical clinic visit?

A medical clinic visit is otherwise known as an outpatient clinic visit. During a medical clinic visit, a clinician is able to help with a diagnosis, prescribe medications as well as order tests and procedures.

Is there a charge for a medical clinic visit?

Yes, there is a charge and the costs for medical clinic visits may vary.

Is insurance billed for a medical clinic visit?

Yes, insurance is billed for the visit and a co-pay may apply. Centers may accept Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurance.

What is meant by a research opportunity?

Research opportunities are a way for interested individuals to volunteer their time to participate in clinical trials. Participation in clinical trials (or research studies) will contribute to enhancing scientific knowledge to the medical community.

Is there a charge for participating in research?

Most visits involved in research and are free of charge. However, there may not be as much feedback provided as you would expect from a medical clinic visit.

Are medications prescribed in research?

Some clinical trials will include experimental medications as part of the study. Medications will not be prescribed as part of a research visit, unless the medication is part of a clinical or experimental drug trial.

What type of education and community outreach is offered?

  • Educational opportunities include training for medical and other professionals in aging including those in training; community members including patients, caregivers and others interested
  • Professional Education offered by the KU ADC; Symposia, patient and caregiver educational opportunities are regularly offered ;  speakers are available who can come to community events
  • Caregiver support, including support groups and special community programs.

What is the difference between the services offered as a medical clinic visit and a research visit?

Research is done to help find out if a treatment or procedure is good for a large group of people with a certain disease or condition. Research helps to answer questions for the future health of those populations. Standard medical care, however, focuses on individual needs in the present.  Follow this link for a great explanation of the difference between research and medical care.

Where is the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center located?

Our offices are at 4350 Shawnee Mission Parkway in Fairway, Kan., in the KU Clinical Research Center building, which opened in January 2012. The Hall Family Foundation purchased and donated the building as part of the Johnson County Research and Education Triangle initiative, which is a 1/8-cent sales tax approved by Johnson County voters in 2008. This raises approximately $15 million a year for science, education and technology efforts in the county. Learn more about the JCERT initiative.

Last modified: Mar 19, 2020