The Administrative Core of the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center serves many functions related to overall program management. The overall goal of the Center is to set and monitor all policies and procedures related to the ADC. In particular, the Core will review and prioritize the use of patients, data and tissue by affiliated and outside researchers, and assure effective communication between all elements of the ADC as well as between the ADC and the community, affiliated scientists, other ADCs, the NIA and NACC.
The Core also has responsibility for ensuring an external review of the ADC, organizing the solicitation and review of pilot grant applications, and expanding and developing the program of AD research. The Administrative Core has final responsibility for all policies related to human subjects experimentation, ADC related publicity materials, use of all ADC resources including
the database, and reporting to the NIA. These goals are accomplished through many formal and informal mechanisms, the most important of which is the Executive Committee. This Committee is composed of key ADC personnel and meets monthly to make decisions related to the goals of the ADC mentioned above. This committee has developed formal mechanisms for prioritizing requests for patients, data and tissue, and monitoring their use. The Executive Committee is also the mechanism that ensures effective communication amongst the two sites of the ADC and between
the cores and affiliated scientific projects. An Internal Advisory Committee serves to advise the ADC on generating awareness and utilization of its resources in the university community as well as identifying new and ongoing related UCD programs and initiatives.
An External Advisory Committee will conduct an annual review of the center's operations and performance relative to it's mission and program objectives.
Pilot grant reviews will be conducted through a two level process involving written extramural reveiws and final selection by the Executive Committee.