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Our Story

The ADRD Research Institute is a non-profit organization founded by Lucas Allen in 2021, whose grandfather has been living with Alzheimer’s disease for over 15 years. Lucas has firsthand experience with the progression of this disease and has hope for new technologies such as AI to improve lives for patients and their families.

In observing the progression of dementia, he sees opportunities for better disease detection and treatment. His areas of interest include climate change, artificial intelligence and computer programming. He is currently a high school student at Upper Canada College in Toronto, Canada.


About ADRD

Early Detection at preclinical stage

Use AI and data driven methods for detection and diagnosis of ADRD before symptoms appear. Research various biomarkers that contribute to cognitive impairment via machine learning.

prediction of cognitive trajectories

Explore the predictive power of AI to provide supports for dementia patients and families, for example in detecting pain (and future pain) that might otherwise go unnoticed.

Relationship Between Climate Change and Dementia

Analyze the impacts of climate change including air pollution, heat stress and other factors that affect dementia. 

Guide for AD Patients at MCI satge

Research on approaches to slow the progression for patients with Alzheimer’s disease once diagnosed of mild cognitive impairment (MCI). 

Researching How ADRD works

With new technologies such as AI, we can adapt our approaches to this disease. We can detect dementia sooner, predict its progression more accurately, and identify new ways for families to cope. We seek to build awareness of new approaches to detection, communication, treatment and beyond.

All Current REsearch Topics

Our Mission & Approach

Our mission is to build awareness around new approaches to detection, communication, treatment and supports for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. We believe an emerging, tech-enabled era holds great hope for better managing and eventually curing these diseases. 



Worldwide, around 55 million people have dementia

New cases

There are nearly 10 million new cases every year


A new case of dementia arises every 3 seconds

% of 65+ Americans

One in nine people age 65+ older Americans has Alzheimer’s