What the center does for you

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADC) is a specialty clinic providing diagnostic assessment to those with memory concerns. Patients continue to see their personal physicians for prescriptions and basic health care.

Is a referral needed?

Patients may be self-referred or referred by a family member, agency, or physician.

Who should come to the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center (ADC)?

The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADC) offers evaluation for persons who are experiencing memory loss and other cognitive symptoms. We evaluate persons with mild symptoms as well as more complex difficulties. As part of the evaluation, we request that a family member or friend be present to provide additional information.

Evaluation process

The evaluation may consist of 2-3 visits, each lasting 1-3 hours. Prior to scheduling an appointment, staff will review medical records to determine the appropriate course of action. The evaluation process may include 1) neurological, neuropsychological, medical, and psychosocial assessments, 2) laboratory tests, and 3) neuroimaging studies such as an MRI, CT, or PET scan.

Family conference

Once the clinical team has determined the diagnosis, a conference will be scheduled for the patient, family members and others involved in the patient’s health care. Staff will discuss the evaluation results and treatment recommendations.

Research participation

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center patients and their caregivers may be invited to participate in research depending on the patient’s diagnostic results. Research participation is voluntary and not required.

Billing policy

Charges for the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center evaluation are billed directly to Medicare, Medi-Cal, and/or other insurance providers. Your insurance plan may require a physician referral. You are responsible for insurance co-pays, deductibles or tests not covered by insurance. If you are unsure about billing issues, please discuss with our staff.