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Memory and Cognitive Health

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a major public health dilemma affecting over 170,000 North Carolinians and 5.2 million Americans, putting a significant burden on more than 15 million family members and friends who care for these loved ones.  In fact, in 2012, there was an estimated $216.4 billion in uncompensated caregiver costs. The MURDOCK Study set out to recruit individuals into the Memory and Cognitive Health cohort so Duke researchers and potential partners can understand what causes AD and how it can be more effectively treated. A total of 1,500 volunteer participants, ages 55 and older, were sought and in less than two years, MURDOCK Study staff successfully recruited this cohort between August 2012 and May 2013.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Persons age 55 and older who participate in the MURDOCK Study who have not been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and have no active (untreated) psychiatric disease and who are able to give legally effective informed consent
  •  Volunteers must reside in any of the eligible zip codes to participate.

Study Requirements

Participants contributed a blood and urine sample at enrollment into the MURDOCK Study in addition to completing a medical questionnaire about their general health. They were then given tests to assess attention and concentration, executive functions, memory, language, visual skills, conceptual thinking, calculations, and orientation. 

Meet the Principal Investigator

Dr. Kathleen Welsh-Bohmer of the Bryan Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at Duke University is leading this study with her colleague, Dr. Allen Roses of the Deane Drug Discovery Institute at Duke University. 

Read "The Good News about Alzheimer's Disease"

-> Opportunities to collaborate are available. Click here to read about the progress made with this cohort of individuals and other parallel cohorts being recruited.  

Interested investigators are encouraged to contact the team by emailing

More information about Bryan ADRC studies and collaborative possibilities are also available at the Center website by clicking here or calling (866) 444-ADRC or (866) 444-2372.

The MURDOCK Study staff is committed to educating the local community about ongoing research and the impact it will have on the future of medicine. A real connection will be made between participation in research and the resulting outcomes. Without study participants, progress in dealing with AD would not be possible.


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