The research that happens at the ADRC is entirely dependent upon volunteers who are willing to participate in projects along side us. There are many different levels of participation, from once a year appointment through our research registry to donating spinal fluid through a lumbar puncture, to involvement in current studies. Our center is looking for a variety of people who are willing to partner with us in Alzheimer's research.
Benefits of volunteering in research:
- Free yearly follow-up examinations from dementia experts
- Access to new experimental medication (however, some people may take placebo, an inactive substance, instead of the experimental medications)
- Treatment recommendations that can be made to your doctor from clinicians at the ADRC
- Contributing to research efforts that are looking for new treatments and possible preventions for Alzheimer's disease
- Updates on the latest research efforts on Alzheimer's and other dementias
We are looking to enroll volunteers who have:
- No memory complaints
- Some memory concerns
- Mild cognitive impairment (MCI)
- A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease
- A diagnosis of other dementias
- A family history of Alzheimer's disease
In addition to fitting into one of the groups listed above, people who are interested in becoming involved must live at home (rather than in a nursing home) and must have a close family member, friend, or neighbor who can answer questions about how the research participant is doing on a day-to-day basis.