University of kentucky sanders-brown healthy brain aging volunteers: Donor characteristics, procedures and neuropathology

Frederick A. Schmitt, Peter T. Nelson, Erin Abner, Stephen Scheff, Gregory A. Jicha, Charles Smith, Gregory Cooper, Marta Mendiondo, Deborah D. Danner, Linda J. van Eldik, Allison Caban-Holt, Mark A. Lovell, Richard J. Kryscio

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Abstract

Cognitively intact elderly research volunteers at the University of Kentucky have been recruited, followed longitudinally, and autopsied with extensive neuropathological evaluations since 1989. To date, the cohort has recruited 1,030 individuals with 552 participants being actively followed, 363 deceased, and 273 autopsied. An extensive database has been constructed with continuous updates that include textured clinical, neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and pathological information. The history, demographics, clinical observations, and pathological features of this research cohort are described. We also explain some of the evolving methodologies and the academic contributions that have been made due to this motivated group of older Kentuckians.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)724-733
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Alzheimer Research
Volume9
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Aging
  • Alzheimer's
  • Autopsy
  • Brain
  • Dementia
  • Lewy bodies
  • Longitudinal
  • Neuritic plaques
  • Neurocognition
  • Neurofibrillary tangles
  • Neuropathology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine

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