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Alzheimers' Disease Program Research Grants

Since 1985, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Alzheimer's Disease Program has awarded $24 million to scientists engaged in the study of Alzheimer's disease and related disorders. This research encompasses areas of basic science, diagnosis, treatment, epidemiology, health disparities, behavioral management, drug therapies and caregiving.   

In 1984, California enacted legislation requiring the Department of Health Services (now CDPH) to administer a research grant program to help discover the cause, and the cure for, Alzheimer's disease.  In 1987, subsequent legislation created a tax "check-off" program, allowing taxpayers to designate a specified amount on their State tax returns (in excess of their tax liability), which are then transferred to the Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund.  In accordance with this legislation, the Secretary of the Health and Human Services Agency assigned administration of this tax "check-off" program to the Department of Health Services. For more information on the Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Research Fund (Tax-Check Off), please visit the Franchise Tax Board Vountary Contribution Funds webpage.

The CDPH Alzheimer's Disease Program has awarded 134 research projects since inception, which have contributed significantly to our understanding of the disease and its impact on patients and their caregivers.

In 2016, CDPH awarded the following research projects. These are listed by category and institution:


 University of California, Los Angeles        

"Plasma Neuronal Pentraxins as Markers of Synaptic Dysfunction in Alzheimer's Disease"

University of California, Los Angeles

"Diagnostic and Prognostic Test for Alzheimer's Disease"

University of California, Davis

"Lipopolysaccharide and Bacterial Molecules in Alzheimer's Disease Brains"


University of Southern California, in consortium with Family Caregiver Alliance

"Pilot Test and Evaluation of Online Multi-Component Support Program for Caregivers of Adults with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias"

University of California, San Francisco

"Elucidating the Effects of Alzheimer's Caregiving Using the Brain Health Registry"


University of California, San Francisco

"Late Life-Span Use of Alcohol:  Prospective Effects on Dementia Risk and Cognitive Functioning"


University of California, San Diego

"Cognitive Decline in Hispanic versus non-Hispanic Alzheimer Caregivers"

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