The Common Alzheimer Disease Research Ontology (CADRO) is designed to serve as a unified classification system that will enable the analysis of research portfolios, strategic planning, and coordination by federal and non-federal agencies supporting international AD research. It is a dynamic portfolio analysis tool that can be used to:
- Track changes of the AD research landscape over time across various agencies and organizations.
- Identify research gaps and areas of overlap within and across funders of AD research.
- Identify collaborative opportunities aimed at advancing AD research and alleviating the socioeconomic burden of this devastating disease.
The ultimate goal of this project is to expand the use of CADRO across federal and non-federal agencies that support AD research both in the US and internationally. To spur discussion and support decision-making, project data and related information would then be made available to the wider funding and research community through the development of a public online database.
CADRO is a collaborative effort between the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer’s Association (AA). The project began in May 2010 for the purpose of conducting a comparative analysis of the NIA and AA Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research portfolios.