Launched in August 2016, the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center (ADCC) is a statewide center that supports researchers and clinicians from the URC to enhance the understanding and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. The Michigan ADCC is one of nearly 30 NIH-funded Alzheimer’s disease centers across the nation, and the only one that links three major research universities.
Over 5 million Americans 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease, and another several million have other forms of dementia including frontotemporal dementia, Lewy Body dementia and vascular dementia. Currently, no disease-slowing therapies exist for any dementia. In the next five years, the ADCC will support a wide range of studies on Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias while also educating scientists, health care professionals and the public on the causes and treatment of dementias.
To learn more about the Michigan ADCC, visit alzheimers.med.umich.edu.
The University Research Corridor showcases Michigan’s world class universities, economic competitiveness, and scientific breakthroughs being made every day in our state. This innovative partnership is creating jobs, fostering relationships with all types of businesses, from our largest corporations to smallest entrepreneurial businesses, and driving innovation in all sectors of our economy.
I think certainly there has been an uptick in entrepreneurship in the state, and I think a lot of that is owed to the URC getting more involved in economic development in the last 10 years.
The URC is an incredible asset for our industry, state, and citizens in terms of the scale of R&D conducted at its universities in critically important areas. Medical and healthcare discoveries with the potential to improve and save lives position Michigan as a top state for innovation in the life, medical and health sciences.