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Alzheimer's Disease Research Awards

Since 1985, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Alzheimer's Disease Program (ADP) has awarded over $19.7 million to scientists engaged in the study of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. These Alzheimer's Disease Research Awards (ADRA) have encompassed the areas of basic science, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, behavioral management, and caregiving. They have been supported by both the State General Fund (GF) and by the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund (ADRDF).

In 1987, the California Revenue and Taxation (R & T) Code was amended to authorize taxpayers to contribute amounts on their tax returns, in excess of any tax liability, to establish a fund for research related to Alzheimer's disease (R & T Code Sections 18761-18766). In accordance with this legislation, the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency directed the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to administer the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund (ADRDRF).

From 1989 to 2009, the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Awards were supported by both the State General Fund and the ADRDRF. In 2009, the California Legislature reduced funding to the CDPH Alzheimer’s Disease Program (ADP) and directed the program to discontinue State General Fund research activities. Today, the research awards are solely dependent on donations made by California taxpayers on their state income tax forms.

California public or private not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Applicants must be California-based and all relevant project activities must take place in California. For information on the  Current Request for Applications, please contact the Alzheimer's Disease Program office at 916-552-9900 or AlzheimersD@cdph.ca.gov


May 17, 2016: 

ADP is pleased to announce its intent to award seven (7) research grants totaling $1,680,000.  Thank you to all the individuals and organizations that dedicated time and effort to submitting applications.


2016-2019 Awardees


1.  BIOMARKERS AND EARLY DETECTION.  Innovations in tracking and monitoring the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Institution:                        University of California, Los Angeles

Project Title:                        “Plasma Neuronal Pentraxins as Markers of Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer’s Disease”

Principal Investigator:             Edmund Teng, M.D., PhD

Amount/Years Awarded:        $240,000/Three Years


Institution:                        University of California, Los Angeles

Project Title:                        “Diagnostic and Prognostic Test for Alzheimer’s Disease”

Principal Investigator:             David Teplow, PhD

Amount/Years Awarded:        $240,000/Three Years


2.  CAREGIVING.  The economic and social impacts of caregiving.

Institution:                        University of Southern California, in consortium with Family Caregiver Alliance and National Center on Caregiving

Project Title:                        “Pilot Test and Evaluation of Online Multi-Component Support Program for Caregivers of Adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias”

Principal Investigator:             Donna Benton, PhD

Amount/Years Awarded:        $480,000/Three Years


Institution:                        University of California, San Francisco

Project Title:                        “Elucidating the Effects of Alzheimer’s Caregiving Using the Brain Health Registry”

Principal Investigator:             Michael Weiner, M.D.

Amount/Years Awarded         $240,000/Three Years


3.  EPIDEMIOLOGY.  The identification of risk factors and targets for preventive healthcare and public health messaging.

Institution:                        University of California, San Francisco

Project Title:                         “Late Life-Span Use of Alcohol:  Prospective Effects on Dementia Risk and Cognitive Functioning”

Principal Investigator:             Penny Brennan, PhD

Amount/Years Awarded:        $160,000/Two Years


4.  HEALTH DISPARITIES.  Identifying and understanding upstream determinants of health that result in disproportionate health outcomes, and prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders among California’s diverse population.

Institution:                        University of California, San Diego

Project Title:                        “Cognitive Decline in Hispanic versus non-Hispanic Alzheimer Caregivers”

Principal Investigator:             Guerry Peavy, PhD

Amount/Years Awarded:        $240,000/Three Years


Institution:                        Public Policy Institute of California

Project Title:                        “Planning for California’s Growing Alzheimer’s Population”

Principal Investigator:             Laurel Beck, PhD

Amount/Years Awarded:        $80,000/One Year


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