Alzheimer’s research study

Join Alzheimer’s Research

This study on Alzheimer’s disease seeks Asians aged 60+ who live in the US or Canada. Since 1985, researchers have collected genetic samples to understand the causes of dementia.

Asians are among the fastest growing populations in the US and Canada, yet they are underrepresented in Alzheimer’s disease research. Out of 59,905 samples from volunteers with dementia, only 300 are from Asians.

What does the study involve?

The study includes in-person or remote interviews and medical assessments and participants will be asked to provide a saliva or blood sample. Total time to participate is 4-5 hours.

Participate from home.

People with mild memory problems and those worried about getting Alzheimer’s disease can also join.

Help prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

This study hopes to identify genetic and non-genetic risk factors for dementia in Asian Americans.

Why Join?

  • You can increase Asian representation in Alzheimer’s research.
  • You will learn more about dementia.
  • You can participate from home.
  • You would help future generations to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Participants are compensated up to $100. Caregivers of participants also get up to $25.

Who can Join?

  • Aged 60+
  • Identify as Asian, Asian American or Asian Canadian.
  • Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease OR worried about memory OR willing to join as a healthy volunteer. Caregivers can also join the study as healthy volunteers.
  • Living in the United States.

Research center

This research study is a collaboration between:

University of Pennsylvania
Indiana University
University of Washington
Columbia University
University of California San Francisco
Stanford University
University of Massachusetts Boston
University of Southern California
University of California San Diego
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health/University of Toronto
University of British Columbia

Study Name

This study has been reviewed and approved by the University of Pennsylvania Institutional Review Board.

ACAD stands for “Asian Cohort for Alzheimer’s Disease”.

Have questions?

Email to learn more, or sign up using the questionnaire to get in touch with the research team.

Additional study information

The study includes in-person or remote interviews and medical assessments and participants will be asked to provide a saliva or blood sample. The study includes:

  • An interview over the phone or online.
  • A saliva or blood sample. A saliva kit can be mailed to your home.
  • A medical assessment through an online video call. Please ensure that someone with technical knowledge can help you set up the online call on a smartphone or computer, if needed.
  • Total time to participate is 4-5 hours.


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