Research Centers

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BU Alzheimer’s Disease Center:

The Boston University Alzheimer’s Disease Center was established in 1996 and is in its third funding cycle. The Center is funded primarily by an Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) grant from the National Institute on Aging and is one of 31 federally-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Centers nationwide. Our goal is to help reduce the human and economic costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of knowledge.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy Center:

In collaboration with other NIH-funded ADC’s and the non-profit Sports Legacy Institute, CTE Center conducts high-impact, innovative research on Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and other long-term consequences of repetitive brain trauma in athletes and military personnel. The mission of the CTE Center is to conduct state-of-the-art research on CTE, including its neuropathology and pathogenesis, clinical presentation, genetics and other risk factors, biomarkers, methods of detection during life, and methods of prevention and treatment.

VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank:

The VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank is a NeuroBioBank, established in 2008 at the Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital in Bedford, MA, under the leadership of neuropathologist and neurologist Dr. Ann McKee. The mission of the VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank is to collect and study post-mortem brain, spinal cord, and eye tissue to better understand the pathology, etiology, and epidemiology of trauma related neurodegenerative disorders.  The VA-BU-SLI Brain Bank acquires tissue samples and clinical information from deceased military Veterans and athletes.