Information for Investigators

Our mission is to promote and support scientific research of Alzheimer’s disease.  We encourage investigators to request data and resources from the Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center (BU ADC) to support their research needs and endeavors.

Participants for Research, Clinical Data & Biospecimens

To obtain permission to recruit HOPE registry participants for your research or to access existing registry clinical data, please follow the directions in our online forms.

Requests are formally reviewed by the BU ADC Executive Committee.

The BU ADC offers two levels of support for clinical research recruitment:

  1. A postal mailing will be distributed to any of the ~450 participants who may be eligible for a Center-approved study. Our Center’s Data Core staff will organize responses to the mailing and provide the approved research team with a spreadsheet of participants who meet inclusion criteria for the study and who have expressed interest in hearing more about the project.
  2. A member of our recruitment staff will actively recruit on behalf of a Center-approved study, including community-based presentations, recruitment through formal affiliations with area continuing care retirement communities, memory fairs, community memory screenings, and screening of more than 80 telephone inquiries each month. If you would like to leverage this type of recruitment assistance for your study, please email Alexandra Bourlas

Brain Tissue Data

To obtain permission to access Neuropathology Core data for your research, please follow the directions in our online form.