Welcome to the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center. Our Center was established in January 2012 to advance the scientific community’s understanding of risk factors, early diagnostic markers, and prevention and treatment methods for memory loss and unhealthy cognitive aging, including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders.
Alzheimer’s disease affects over 5 million Americans and an estimated 110,000 Tennesseans. Currently, there is no prevention method or cure. If we fail to discover a cure or prevention method soon, we can expect the number of individuals affected by Alzheimer’s disease will nearly triple by the year 2050.
To fulfill our mission, the Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center is dedicated to the following goals:
1. Conduct innovative research on memory loss and cognitive aging, including mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease, and related disorders,
2. Provide the latest research findings available to our clinical colleagues so they can provide high quality outpatient clinical services to older adults experiencing memory problems, and
3. Train and educate the next generation of investigators and clinicians to make major research advances and enhance clinical care and management of older adults with memory loss.
The Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center is committed to reducing the public health burden of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Your support, in the form of a financial donation to our research efforts or by volunteering to participate in any one of our research programs, will move us one step closer to preventing and eliminating this devastating disease. Visit our Participate and Donate pages to learn more about how to be part of the solution.
Angela L. Jefferson, PhD
Director, Vanderbilt Memory & Alzheimer’s Center
Professor of Neurology