Referring patients to research

Research is an essential process in developing and testing new medical treatments and interventions. Everything we have learned about memory, memory treatments, and memory disorders is known because someone volunteered for a research study. Two groups conduct Alzheimer’s disease research at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center generally has several open studies and clinical trials recruiting men and women over the age of 45 with or without memory concerns. We offer three ways you can refer patients for research.

Memory clinics in the Madison area

Geriatrics services at UW Health offer memory assessment clinics in three locations around the Madison area: East Clinic in Madison, University Station Clinic in Madison, and UW Health Specialty Clinic - Sauk Prairie in Prairie du Sac. Please visit the Geriatrics Locations and Maps page for contact information for these clinics.

Memory clinics throughout Wisconsin

Clinics in the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute-Affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network differ from other memory clinics in that their staff have received training/observation time and/or guidance from the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute (WAI) and the UW Health Memory Assessment Clinic. In addition, clinic network staff attend the WAI's Annual Alzheimer's Disease Update Conference and bi-annual clinic network meetings, which provide up-to-date research and disease management information. Clinics in the network remain autonomous, but follow a set of guidelines.

Resources for working with older adults

The Center for Aging Research and Education (CARE) at the UW-Madison School of Nursing offers educational resources designed to prepare healthcare professionals to work with older adults.

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) offers an online guide for Understanding Older Patients and a clinician's handbook entitled "Talking With Your Older Patient," available for order through the mail for free.

Request a speaker

You can request a speaker for your group on topics related to Alzheimer's disease, research opportunities, research results, and brain donation.