ABC-DS is committed to providing rapid public access to all data, clinical, cognitive and biomarker (fluid and imaging) data, and access to the biological samples for qualified scientific investigators, without embargo.
Why should I get involved in the research?
The Alzheimer Biomarker Consortium-Down Syndrome (ABC-DS) project is one of the world’s largest, most comprehensive longitudinal research initiatives to find biomarkers to track Alzheimer’s disease in people with Down syndrome.
A list of publications associated with ABC-DS data is available through:
Common core measures, collected at multiple time points to support longitudinal analyses, include:
Direct cognitive and functional measures
tests of memory, visual spatial abilities, language, executive function, processing speed, mental status, and gait
a proteomics panel, a metabolomics panel, and an assay of plasma Aβ peptides—Aβ40, Aβ42, Aβ40/Aβ42 ratio, tau, and neurofilament light change protein, and in willing participants, cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers.
queries on functional abilities, mental status, neuropsychiatric symptoms, and dementia screening
genome-wide association analysis focusing on variants in genes associated with Alzheimer’s and age at onset of Alzheimer’s and memory decline, and with individual differences in blood-based, imaging, and CSF biomarkers that are found to be associated with clinical disease progression including Aβ42, P181-tau, and total tau
Medical and neurological assessments
personal and family health history, medication usage, and a brief physical and neurological examination
for people willing to participate in brain donation, neuropathology will be assessed to link to cognitive, neuroimaging and fluid biomarkers.
MRI-based measures of cortical thickness and volume, white matter abnormalities and microstructure and functional connectivity, as well as amyloid-, tau-, and FDG-PET
There will be three to four cycles of assessment, at approximately 16-month intervals, over the five-year study. However, some procedures will only be included in selected cycles.
Enrollment by Race or Ethnicity
Participant Activity Count
Age of Mother at Participant's Birth
Age of Father at Participant's Birth
How to Apply for Data Access
Data from the ABC-DS study is transferred to the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging (LONI), for harmonization, documentation and de-identification. Biospecimen samples are transferred and managed by the National Centralized Repository for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (NCRAD) and an ABC-DS biospecimen bank. As of May 2021, data from the first and second wave of longitudinal data are available to researchers by requests.
Fill out quatrix request
Review and sign the ABC-DS Data Use AgreementFill out quatrix request
Your request will undergo committee review.
You will be notified once you are approved or if we require more information.
Once approved, you will have access to data from the study through LONI.