NCRAD History and Mission

The goal of the National Cell Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease (NCRAD) is to help researchers find genes that increase the risk for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and dementia. To accomplish this goal, in 1990, NCRAD was funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to provide researchers with the biological samples and data necessary for finding important genetic factors in AD and dementia.

NCRAD is a national resource where clinical information and biological material (such as DNA, plasma, serum, RNA, CSF, cell lines, and brain tissue) can be stored and requested from individuals with AD and related dementias as well as from individuals without any symptoms of memory loss or dementia. To help identify the genes contributing to the risk for AD, a number of different studies are currently ongoing. These include studies enrolling families with multiple members diagnosed with AD, as well as individuals without a strong family history of AD.

Understanding the causes of AD and dementia will likely lead to better treatments for this devastating disease.

NCRAD Staff (left to right):
Back row: Adrian Lyons, Jeanine Marshall, Milena Petkov, Kelley Faber, Jan Hamer
Front row: Kelly Horner, Madeline Potter, Tatiana Foroud, Kristi Wilmes, Kaci Lacy, Emma Lagone
IUGB Lab Management Team (left to right)
Back row: Elizabeth Ayres, Colleen Mitchell, Jenny Bhupatkar, Katharina Sullen Front row: Michael Denton, Dr. Steve Dlouhy, Eric Gamache
NCRAD Laboratory Staff (left to right):
Back row: Dom Gregory, Tyler Colbert, Michael Denton, Evan Mazurkiewicz, Neil Berglund, Elizabeth Ayres, Eric Gamache, Colleen Mitchell, Katharina Sullen, Madeline Kovarik, Layne Bower, Justin Delay, Nicholas White, Phillip Luzader
Middle row: Patricia Esparza, Vera Kirch, Dayle Hayden, Zia Nuss, Chelsea Olson, Clairisa Stayton, Kelsey Rash, Jenny Bhupatkar, Marlys Barr
Front row: Andrew Bantel, Dr. Steve Dlouhy, Jonathan Clevenger
IT Team (left to right):
Patrick Franklin, Michael Zhang, Joseph McClaren, Christopher Hobbick, Billy Remeika, Peter Barker, Eric Bailey, Justin Salyer
Informatics Team (left to right): Linus Schwantes-An, Kelly Nudelman
Dr. Jason Meyer