The Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center (RADC) is a research center located in Rush University Medical Center. The Rush Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of 29 Alzheimer's centers in the U.S. designated and funded by the National Institute on Aging.
The RADC is a leader in research into the causes and treatment of Alzheimer's disease. One of its earliest research projects was the Religious Orders Study. An important influence on the development of the Religious Orders Study was the Nun Study founded by Dr. David Snowdon. The Religious Orders Study was initially funded by the National Institute on Aging in 1993. It is a study utilizing volunteers in the religious community, including priests, nuns, and brothers, who agree to donate their brains to the RADC after they die, providing doctors with an opportunity to look for postmortem correlations between lifestyle and Alzheimer’s disease. Scientists at the RADC use the brains to study a broad range of factors relating to Alzheimer's disease and other common diseases of age, and share tissue samples from those brains, as well as data, with other medical institutions around the country.
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