Stanford ADRC Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core

The Outreach, Recruitment, and Engagement Core assists in recruiting volunteers for the Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC).  Our recruitment emphasizes patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, and Dementia with Lewy Bodies; patients with mild cognitive impairament; and healthy older controls without neurological disease or cognitive impairment.

The Core plays a crucial role in enrolling and retaining patients and controls who are Hispanic/Latino or American Indian  These groups are poorly represented in research programs on cognitive aging and neurodegenerative disorders.  In many instances, Core efforts begin with educational programs and stress reduction programs for the caregiver, who is recruited along with the patient.

Other Core aims are to provide educational opportunities for medical students, medical residents and fellows, and health professionals who work with patients with Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinson’s disease and their families.

Our academic and community partners included the Stanford Geriatric Education Center; the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute; the Northern California and Northern Nevada chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, the American Parkinson Disease Association; and the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley.


VJ Periyakoil, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine (Primary Care and Population Health)
Outreach, Recruitment, and Education Core leader

Dr. Periyakoil received her medical degree from the University of Madras (India) and trained in internal medicine.  She completed a geriatric medicine fellowship at Stanford University and is board certified both in geriatric medicine and in hospice and palliative care.  She is associate director of Palliative Care Services at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System, and at Stanford University she directs the Palliative Care Education and Training Program, the Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, and Stanford eCampus.  Dr. Periyakoil is a nationally recognized leader in geriatrics and palliative care, and her research focuses on well-being in the context of ethnogeriatrics and end-of-life care.  In her research, she has explored barriers to advanced care planning in diverse patient groups; promoted quality of care for diverse, seriously ill patients; and used mobile health technology to understand and mitigate health disparities in multi-ethnic, multilingual populations.  She serves as associate editor for the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society and senior associate editor for the Journal of Palliative Care.


Henry (Hank) Greely, JD
Neuroethicist

Henry T. "Hank" Greely is the Deane F. and Kate Edelman Johnson Professor of Law and Professor, by courtesy, of Genetics at Stanford University. He specializes in ethical, legal, and social issues arising from advances in the biosciences, particularly from genetics, neuroscience, and human stem cell research. He chairs the California Advisory Committee on Human Stem Cell Research and the steering committee of the Stanford University Center for Biomedical Ethics, and directs the Stanford Center for Law and the Biosciences and the Stanford Program in Neuroscience and Society. He serves as a member of the NAS Committee on Science, Technology, and Law; the NIGMS Advisory Council, the Institute of Medicine’s Neuroscience Forum, and the NIH Multi-Center Working Group on the BRAIN Initiative. Professor Greely graduated from Stanford in 1974 and from Yale Law School in 1977. He served as a law clerk for Judge John Minor Wisdom on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Justice Potter Stewart of the United States Supreme Court. He began teaching at Stanford in 1985.