The Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute (WAI) has an extensive nationally recognized research program in the area of Alzheimer's disease and Alzheimer's disease prevention. As a research institute, the WAI is among the top in the country and is a significant contributor to our growing knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and its causes.
Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention
The Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP) is a longitudinal cohort study involving middle-aged adult children with parents with Alzheimer's disease. WRAP is funded by the National Institute of Health and is a premiere program seeking to understand the lifestyle and health factors that determine whether a person develops Alzheimer's disease. WRAP has enrolled over 1,500 persons from throughout Wisconsin who travel to Madison to participate. Read more
Brain Fitness Research
We would all like to know how to preserve and improve our memory and thinking abilities as we age. Observational studies that correlate naturally occurring lifestyle and health conditions with brain health or disease are giving us many clues about factors that may promote brain fitness. However, controlled studies of interventions based on these factors are still in very early stages.
WAI is committed to achieving a better understanding of the many factors that may reduce the odds of developing Alzheimer's disease and increase the chances of successful brain aging. The Wisconsin Registry of Alzheimer's Prevention (WRAP) is studying risk and protective factors in children of persons with Alzheimer's disease. Read more