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Revolutionizing Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

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138 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on December 12, at 09:00 AM EST
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Revolutionizing Diagnosis of Alzheimer's Disease

Why are we here?

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder that can present with loss of memory, confusion of time and place, and other serious symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and the numbers are steadily getting worse.  Currently, 1 in 3 seniors (people over the age of 65) will be diagnosed with Alzheimer’s.


Unfortunately, every 67 seconds a new person is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. 


With your help, we can work towards decreasing the prevalence of this taxing disease.


What are we doing?

We’re seeking to observe changes in biomarker presence of patients with Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll conduct our project by observing the changes over the course of 6 months in biomarker presence through blood analysis and patient self-reported data on lifestyle. We’ll also be doing MRI brain scans to compare the brain over the course of these 6 months, and to observe changes in the tissue volume.


Who are we?

We are Team BRAIN, a group of 11 undergraduate student researchers in the Gemstone Honors College at the University of Maryland, College Park, passionate about mitigating the prevalence of Alzheimer’s disease. We are joined by our mentor, Dr. J. Carson Smith and our librarian, Kelsey Corlett-Rivera.


Why we need your help?

As an undergraduate research team, we currently have limited funds. With our current budget, we are not able to cover the total costs of our research supplies. This is why we need you! Your kind donations will allow us to proceed and grow in our research endeavors and ultimately with your help, we will impact the lives of people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of cognitive impairment! Donations of any size can make a significant impact and are deeply appreciated.



How do you get in touch with us?


Instagram: @TeamBRAINUMD

Facebook: Team BRAIN UMD



Twitter: @TeamBRAINUMD


Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents.  Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please see your tax advisor for details.



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Participant Comfort Kit

This kind donation will allow us to accommodate our participants with snacks and a parking pass to participate in our study.


Physical Function Testing

This kind donation will allow us to perform a physical functioning test on one participant and compensate them appropriately.


Blood Draw

This kind donation will allow us to purchase the sterile materials to complete blood draws on our participants.


Cognitive Assessment

This kind donation will allow us to perform MRI cognitive assessments on our participants.


Biomarker Assay

This single donation will allow us to buy one kit to measure our targeted biomarkers.



This kind donation will allow us to make our research accessible to a wider population by sustaining conference fees.

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