Structural imaging provides a means to visualize change in anatomy associated with cognitive decline (e.g., Project 3 """"""""Attention Profiles in Healthy Aging and Early Stage DAT"""""""") and also candidate surrogate markers for detection of early-stage DAT in combination with other biomarkers (e.g., Project 2 """"""""Antecedent biomarkers of AD in CSF""""""""). The goal of the Core E: Imaging is to collect, store, and disseminate imaging data for the use of the present program project investigations and also to facilitate the development of infrastructure to support future imaging projects. The following Specific Aims will be pursued: 1. Structural imaging data on demented and nondemented participants will be collected, in close coordination with Core B: Clinical, at two-year longitudinal intervals. The structural imaging battery will include (i) multiple acquisitions of high contrast MP-RAGE images, (ii)3D T2 images for assessment of white matter. These images will be used for measurement of cortical and subcortical atrophy and assessment of white matter integrity, (iii)diffusion tensor imaging to assess white matter microstructural integrity, and (iv)T2-SWI images. In addition, functional imaging data on demented and nondemented participants will be collected. The functional imaging data will be BOLD images during rest to assess functional connectivity. 2. Research neuroradiological assessment will be made by board-certified neuroradiologists on all structural image data sets. 3. Structural data sets will be archived in conjunction with Core C: Biostatistics and made available via a web-based interface to investigators to pursue research projects. 4. Quantitative structural assessment will be provided for correlating imaging data with project-specific data including (i) automated estimates of whole- brain atrophy, (ii) manual estimates of hippocampal, entorhinal, frontal, and other cortical volumes, (iii) automated estimates of cortical and subcortical volumes derived from Freesurfer software (Fischl et al., 2002;Fischl et al., 2004;Desikan et al., 2006), and (iv) automated assessment of white matter hyperintensities. Quantitative functional assessment will also be provided for correlating imaging data with project-specific data and will include estimates of the functional connectivity between seed regions such as the hippocampus and the precuneus. 5. Working closely with Core C: Biostatistics and Core A: Administration, data will be managed to integrate the Core's function with the scientific goals of the program project.

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