Alzheimer’s Research Initiative

Inspired by Coach Pat Summitt


Support of The Pat Summitt Clinic’s Alzheimer’s Research Initiative is critical to the advancement of early diagnosis, treatment, and one day, a cure. All philanthropic gifts remain in East Tennessee supporting The Pat Summitt Clinic team in research, education, treatment and care of patients and families in our community. Hope lies in the research. 



The Pat Summitt Clinic, formed through a collaboration between UT Medical Center and the Pat Summitt Foundation, a fund of the East Tennessee Foundation, at The University of Tennessee Medical Center launched the Alzheimer’s Research Initiative as a collaborative effort of physicians, researchers and scientists across the academic medical center campus to do its part in advancing the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. 

Inspired by Coach Summitt’s vision and with the support of The Pat Summitt Foundation, The Pat Summitt Clinic opened its doors in January of 2017. Today the clinic, which is the first and only of its kind in the region, serves approximately 3,500 patients in East Tennessee. That number is expected to increase to approximately 6,000 within the next five years. 

Learn More About the Initiative

For more than 100 years, scientists researchers and physicians have studied Alzheimer’s. While there have been advancements in the understanding of how the disease affects the brain, of the 10 leading causes of death, it is the only one that can’t be prevented, slowed or cured.

Learn More about our role in the fight against Alzheimer’s and how you can help.

Hope Lies in the Research

Every 66 seconds, someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s disease. With 161% increase in Alzheimer’s deaths since the year 2000, Tennessee is 6th in the nation with Alzheimer’s related deaths. The Alzheimer’s Research Initiative is critical to the advancement of early diagnosis, treatment, and one day, a cure. We are grateful to all of the generous donors who contributed $6.1 Million Dollars to the initiative.


ALL IN Against Alzheimer’s

The ALL IN initiative is a collaboration between UT Athletics, The Vol Network and UT Medical Center with a primary goal of raising much needed funds for Alzheimer’s Research at The Pat Summitt Clinic.






Contact Info
Development Office
2121 Medical Center Way , Suite 110
Knoxville, TN, 37920 
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