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The UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s supports a range of programs that provide learning opportunities to dementia care professionals and scientists in training. Patient care educational programs are informed by science and emphasize the importance of early diagnosis, the latest in effective treatments and the benefit of prevention strategies. Future scientists and doctors learn from world-renowned researchers, physicians and health care professionals in supportive, hands-on environments.

Philanthropy is crucial to the success of the UW–Madison Alzheimer’s disease programs because it funds training for health care providers, dementia care professionals, and students and trainees in and around Wisconsin. Some of the programs funded through the UW Initiative to End Alzheimer’s include:

  • Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute-Affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network provides quality patient care through a statewide network of nearly 50 memory clinics and professional training for dementia care providers through two annual education events.
  • The Dr. Daniel I. Kaufer Lecture Series is an endowed educational program devoted to shaping future generations of dementia care professionals.
  • More than 100 students and trainees are affiliated with the Research Education Component (REC) of the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. The REC provides educational resources, mentorship opportunities and career training to a wide range of learners at UW–Madison and beyond.
  • New Friends pairs health professional students with people living with memory impairment for educational and social interactions.
  • The Summer Externship in Dementia Care is offered to first-year medical students who are interested in learning about geriatrics, memory care and neurology.

With your help, we can improve lives and build a future without Alzheimer’s disease — in Wisconsin and beyond.

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Statewide diagnostic clinics provide quality care to more than 3,000 new patients annually

The Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI) trains and supports memory clinic providers at more than 40 clinics throughout the state through the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute-Affiliated Dementia Diagnostic Clinic Network.