Information for Investigators

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

Please read carefully to determine which type of request you would like to submit then click on the link to start the request process. Please be aware, depending on the request, you may need to fill out more than one request form. All requests are formally reviewed by the BU ADRC Executive Committee.

If you start the online form but do not have time to complete it or you need to gather more information, please use the “save and continue” button at the bottom of each page until you get to the last page of the form.  There you will have an option to save the request until it is complete.  Once the request is complete please use the Submit Button to send the request to our Executive Committee for review.

Note: In order to fulfill our centers’ mission, information regarding our data and participant’s enrollment must be reported back to our center.

Clinical Data Request

To access existing registry clinical research data, please submit a Clinical research data Request Form.

MRI Data Request

To access MRI scans on individuals ranging from Healthy Control, MCI to AD, please submit a MRI Request Form.  Each participant typically has the following sequences:  1) 3D MPRAGE (T1-TFE), 2) 3D FLAIR, 3) Axial T2-Star, 4) High Angular Resolution Diffusion Imaging (HARDI) 64 directions with a B value of 3K.  5) Ten minute Resting State fMRI & 6) Diffusion Kurtosis Imaging (DKI) 30 directions.

BioSample Request

To access BioSamples, please submit a BioSample Request Form

Brain Tissue Request

To obtain brain tissue samples for your research, please submit a Brain Tissue Request Form. Due to high demand, all requests for tissue will be limited to a maximum of 20 samples per requestPlease note all requests for brain tissue usually take at least  6 months to fill after your request has been approved.  

Participant Recruitment for Research Request

To obtain permission to recruit HOPE registry participants for your research or to access existing registry clinical data, please submit a Participant Recruitment Request Form.

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  Diane Dixon