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Participating in Alzheimer's Disease Research
This is an exciting time for Alzheimer's disease clinical research. Thanks to more understanding of this brain disorder and new tools for diagnosing it in people, researchers are making progress in identifying potential ways to help diagnose, treat, and even prevent Alzheimer's.
These advances are only possible because thousands of people have participated in Alzheimer's clinical trials! We know what we know because of them.
When you choose to participate, you become a partner in scientific discovery such as medical breakthroughs and help future generations have healthier lives.
Call to Action!
At least 70,000 volunteers are urgently needed to participate in over 150 active clinical trials in the U.S. All kinds of people are needed so we can find the way to better understand, treat, prevent or cure Alzheimer's disease.
Alzheimer's Research Needs You!
Call us today at (732) 341-9500 to join the fight against Alzheimer's!
What are clinical trials?
Clinical trials are research studies conducted in people to determine whether treatments are safe and effective. Clinical trials and the participating volunteers help to find preventions, better treatments, cures and ways to detect diseases.
What progress has been made in Alzheimer's through clinical trials?
Currently, science and medicine only provide treatments of some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, but there is much hope that new treatments are being developed that can stop or slow the progression of the disease.
The more researchers know about Alzheimer's, the better the chance of discovering a treatment that prevents or stops the changes that occur in the brain due to this disease.
Why participate in a clinical trial?
Some of the many reasons you may choose to participate are as follows; you can:
- Make a difference by participating and help researchers learn more about Alzheimer's disease
- Help others, even your own family, who may be at risk for Alzheimer's disease in the future
- Receive regular monitoring by expert medical professionals
- Test new treatments that might work better than those currently available or that did not work for you
- Get information about support groups and other resources
Are there any other matters to consider?
There are laws and committees that protect those who participate in clinical trials. We will explain everything to you prior to you participating so you can make a fully informed decision. While you are deciding, you are encouraged to ask any and all questions. Also, you will be thoroughly screened to make sure you qualify for the trial.
We will make every effort to ensure your safety, but all clinical trials have some risk.
Some other matters to consider while deciding to participate in clinical trials are as follows:
- The new treatment may not work or be better than the treatments currently available
- You may or may not receive the new treatment (you may only receive a placebo)
- You may or may not experience mild to severe side effects
- You may be inconvenienced due to many medical appointments and travel to clinical trial sites
- You are required to be accompanied by a caregiver or loved one who will be your partner in the clinical trial
If you decide to participate, you have the option to quit at any time during the study.