KU Alzheimer's Disease Research Center
We are the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. We’re about 75 (and counting) brilliant brain experts with two missions:
1 – Cure Alzheimer’s
2 – Prevent Alzheimer’s
(nothing too ambitious)
Our Fearless Leaders
Jeffrey Burns, MD, MS
Co-director of the ADRC. Director of the Frontiers Clinical and Translational Science Unit. Director of the KU Alzheimer's & Memory Clinic. Edward H. Hashinger Professor of Medicine. He also created LEAP! to make sure you get all the best brain health information he has to offer. Fun fact - his Bachelor's degree was in English and Japanese!
Russell Swerdlow, MD
Director of the ADRC. Director of the KUMC Neurodegenerative Disorders Program. Gene and Marge Sweeney Professor of Neurology. Professor at the KU School of Medicine. He studies mitochondria (the cell's powerhouse) in a lab, along with many other things. Fun fact - he is nerdy enough to have once considered having his license plate say "mitoman!"
The LEAP! Team
Rachel Sandoval, MS, RDN
Registered dietitian nutritionist. LEAP! Program Manager. Food as medicine aficionado. Passionate about all things healthy living. Rachel's favorite part of running the LEAP! program is talking with every LEAP! participant about practical brain-healthy living.