CERAD (Consortium to Establish a Registry for Alzheimer's Disease) was a collaborative effort of many ADRCs and ADCs. The original mandate of CERAD, begun in 1986, was to develop a battery of standardized assessments for the evaluation of patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) who were enrolled in NIA-sponsored ADRCs or in other dementia research programs. CERAD concentrated on three major areas of evaluation: (1) the overall clinical assessment of the dementing process, (2) neuropsychological assessment of the specific manifestations of AD in a way which permitted determination of the severity of cognitive impairment. A battery of relatively brief and reliable instruments was designed, and used to evaluate subjects with mild to moderate dementia, at entry and annually so that the natural course of the illness could be determined, (3) standardization of the neuropathological assessment of AD and related disorders. Neuropathological criteria for diagnosis of AD are included in this assessment.

During the period 1986-1994 CERAD developed an extensive battery of standardized instruments for evaluating AD and established an AD registry including longitudinal data on 204 black and 890 white patients with AD and 463 control subjects.

A CD of the CERAD database can be obtained through NACC.
To obtain a CD, follow the steps below:

  1. Contact Dr. Heyman or Dr. Fillenbaum at Duke with the following information:

    1. your name
    2. email address
    3. phone number
    4. why you want to access CERAD data
  2. If your request is approved, your name, email and phone number will be sent to NACC and they will contact you regarding the addresss where the CD should be sent.

  3. Questions about the content of CERAD data will be answered by Dr. Heyman or Dr. Fillenbaum.

    A. Heyman, MD
    Box 3203
    Duke University Medical Center
    Durham, NC 27710

    G.G. Fillenbaum, PhD
    Center for the Study of Aging
    and Human Development
    Box 3003
    Duke University Medical Center
    Durham, NC 27710
    919-684-8569 (fax)