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The main objective of the Global Alzheimer’s Association Interactive Network (GAAIN) is to transform the way scientists conduct Alzheimer’s Disease research by building a global networked infrastructure designed to provide the means to discover, analyze and share Alzheimer’s Disease and related data collected by investigators and institutions around the globe. In pursuit of GAAIN’s objectives, GAAIN is establishing cooperative agreements with research data holders (Data Partners) and those who provide other complimentary resources (Affiliates). The purpose of this Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to define terms and conditions for sharing resources between GAAIN and its Affiliates.


Affiliate – individual or institution providing resource(s) for use in GAAIN.
Data Partners – investigators, studies, clinics and consortiums who are sharing Alzheimer’s Disease and aging data linked into GAAIN
GAAIN Investigator – an individual interested in Alzheimer’s Disease research and having a GAAIN user account.


This Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) is to establish a cooperative relationship between GAAIN and who agree as follows:

    1. General Scope. Affiliates and GAAIN agree to enter and sustain a collaborative relationship directed toward furthering the GAAIN objectives.
    2. Specific Resources. Specific resources shared under authority of this MOU shall be subject to availability and the approval of each institution's authorized representatives. Examples of resources include metadata standards, terminologies, compute resources, software tools and other resources that may prove useful in advancing Alzheimer’s Disease research through GAAIN.
    1. Duration. This MOU shall remain in force for two years from the date of signature. Either party may terminate this MOU without penalty by providing 60 days advance written notice (pursuant to section 3.3) to the other party. The Affiliate can specify here how their resources may be used in GAAIN after termination:
    2. Extension and Renewal. The parties may extend or renew this MOU with a written amendment signed by each party's authorized signatory.
    3. Amendment. No amendment to the terms of this MOU will be effective unless it is made in writing and signed by each party's authorized signatory prior to the expiration of this MOU.
    1. Initiatives and Policies. GAAIN’s scientific initiatives and policies will be guided and overseen by the GAAIN governance and scientific advisory boards. A list of the members of these boards may be found on the GAAIN website (
    2. Use of Names and Logos. Except for promoting or marketing the joint undertakings proposed in section 4 of this MOU, neither party may use the name of the other party in any form of advertising or publicity without written permission.
    3. Notices. The parties must distribute all notices in writing under this MOU via one of the following methods: (a) confirmed email transmission; (b) postage prepaid registered or certified mail, return receipt requested; or (c) commercial overnight carrier. All communications must be sent to the addresses set forth below or to other addresses designated by the parties by written notice. Notices are effective upon receipt.
      1. GAAIN Address:
        USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute
        Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
        Keck School of Medicine of USC
        2025 Zonal Ave
        Los Angeles, CA 90033
      2. Affiliate Recipient Name:
      3. Affiliate Address:
    4. Binding Obligations. This MOU is not intended to create any legally binding obligations on either institution but, rather, is intended to facilitate discussions regarding areas of cooperation.
    5. Liability. Neither GAAIN nor USC will be liable to the Affiliate(s) for any incidental, consequential, exemplary or punitive damages in connection with this MOU or resulting from their activities in relation to this MOU.
    6. Authorized Signatories. The Affiliates acknowledge that the individual(s) signing this MOU have the authority to sign on its behalf in the capacity indicated.
    1. As a GAAIN Affiliate, the Affiliate will provide the resource(s) described below for use by GAAIN, its Data Partners, other Affiliates and GAAIN Investigators as described below:
    2. The Affiliate shall receive recognition on the GAAIN website and in future GAAIN related presentations. The Affiliate’s logo, a link to their website and a brief description of their GAAIN affiliation will be included on the GAAIN website.

You may submit your application at this time, signing the MoU is optional.

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