About WRAP

What is WRAP?

WRAP is the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention, one of the world’s largest and longest running studies of individuals at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

The registry includes more than 1,700 individuals, followed over time, to learn about biological, health, and lifestyle factors that may affect the disease. Many participants have been in WRAP for many years or since its beginning in 2001. WRAP is a comprehensive data set that includes cognition, lifestyle, physical activity, biomarkers, genetics and metabolism. WRAP is a registry of volunteers available to other researchers studying Alzheimer’s disease. WRAP is part of the Initiative to End Alzheimer’s Disease and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute (WAI). Find out more about us on the WRAP FAQ page.

WRAP is committed to advancing health equity. In partnership with WAI, we have pledged to work toward a future guided by this commitment and signed the WAI Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement:

We believe that racism is a public health crisis affecting the communities we serve and society as a whole and have signed on to the Racism is a Public Health Crisis in Wisconsin declaration. WRAP and the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute are committed to health equity and inclusive excellence that embraces diversity among its faculty, staff, students, research participants, stakeholders, and constituents. We embrace a definition of diversity that acknowledges the richness of all races and ethnicities, identities, ages, abilities, experiences, and opinions. We embrace a definition of inclusion that acknowledges the unique contributions of all and prioritizes people just as much as the desired outcomes of our organization. We embrace a definition of health equity where everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible with resources that are accessible to all.

WRAP is more than 20 years old! November 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the first participant enrolled in the study. We are celebrating the occasion with a look back at the science milestones in our history, and a look forward to the key research focus areas we are undertaking today and in the future. Read more.