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CERAD - Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimers Disease

Consortium that developed brief, standardized and reliable procedures for the evaluation and diagnosis of patients with Alzheimer''s disease (AD) and other dementias of the elderly. These procedures included data forms, flipbooks, guidebooks, brochures, instruction manuals and demonstration tapes, which are now available for purchase. The CERAD assessment material can be used for research purposes as well as for patient care. CERAD has developed several basic standardized instruments, each consisting of brief forms designed to gather data on normal persons as well as on cognitively impaired or behaviorally disturbed individuals. Such data permit the identification of dementia based on clinical, neuropsychological, behavioral or neuropathological criteria. Staff at participating CERAD sites were trained and certified to administer the assessment instruments and to evaluate the subjects enrolled in the study. Cases and controls were evaluated at entry and annually thereafter including (when possible) autopsy examination of the brain to track the natural progression of AD and to obtain neuropathological confirmation of the clinical diagnosis. The CERAD database has become a major resource for research in Alzheimer''s disease. It contains longitudinal data for periods as long as seven years on the natural progression of the disorder as well as information on clinical and neuropsychological changes and neuropathological manifestations.

URL: http://cerad.mc.duke.edu/

Resource ID: nif-0000-00523     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


clinical, behavior, late adult human, male, female, caucasian, african-american, autopsy, longitudinal, neuropsychology, neuropathology

Additional Resource Types

Consortium, Assessment Test Provider, Database

Related Application

Research, Patient care






Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer''s Disease, Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimers Disease

Parent Organization

Funding Information



Commercial license

Related Disease

Aging, Alzheimer''s disease, Normal, Dementia, Cognitive impairment, Neurodegenerative disorder, Systemic illness, Cerebrovascular disease, Parkinson''s disease, Depressive Disorder



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12:00am July 6, 2011

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Version 2

Created 2 weeks ago by Christie Wang

Version 1

Created 4 years ago by Anonymous