The goal of the Clinical Core is to assemble the subjects and clinical data needed to support and expand the research programs of ADC investigators, to facilitate the work of other investigators at Davis, and to contribute to the larger research community. The aims of the Core are:
- To create cohorts of subjects who may participate in dementia related studies, and to follow selected subjects to create a longitudinal cohort and to maximize autopsy rates.
- Diversify our subject population by recruiting large numbers of African American and Hispanic subjects, increasing the number of subjects with vascular risk factors and cerebrovascular disease, and by substantially increasing the number of subjects with MCI and or normal cognitive function.
- Acquire high quality clinical data, including diagnosis, the UDS, and measures well suited for longitudinal measure and to maintain quality control of the data.
- Facilitate and promote dementia research at Davis by helping investigators recruit subjects and train clinical investigators.
After diagnosis, subjects are assigned to either the cross sectional cohort, or the longitudinal cohort. Subjects entering the longitudinal cohort receive additional studies including MRI, DNA/serum banking, and special neuropsychological studies, and are followed to autopsy if possible. These two cohorts play complementary roles in the Center, the CSC providing subjects to studies that require only diagnosis and/or baseline characteristics, while the LC provides a powerful core of baseline brain imaging and longitudinal neuropsychological, functional, and other clinical indices for studies of change or conversion.
Charles DeCarli, M.D., Clinical Core Director/ Department of Neurology
Telephone: (916) 734-6280
Bruce Reed, Ph.D., Clinical Core Co-Director / Department of Neurology
Martinez, CA 94553-4612
Telephone: (925) 372-2485