Our Mission & History

The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC) seeks to improve the lives of people with Alzheimer’s and their family members by identifying and understanding the complex mechanisms that underlie disease to further improve our ability to diagnose, treat, and care for those with Alzheimer’s and related dementia. Ultimately, we hope our efforts will lead the way to finding effective ways to treat, delay, prevent, and some day cure Alzheimer’s disease.

The Mayo Clinic ADRC is one of about 30 centers in the U.S. funded by the National Institute on Aging to find new and effective therapies for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Mayo Clinic Alzheimer’s Center was first established in 1991 as one center operating out of two Mayo Clinic locations, in Rochester, MN and Jacksonville, FL. Through ongoing collaborations with national institutions, state organizations, and our local communities, we continue to strive towards our shared goal of putting an end to Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

In Jacksonville, the Mayo ADRC team has taken on the important task of promoting individual and community awareness about Alzheimer’s disease specifically within the local African American community. Alzheimer’s-related health disparities have greater impact on African Americans, and the outreach/discovery programs offered through the Mayo Clinic ADRC in Jacksonville seek to educate, empower, and enlist African American community members in the fight against the disease.