Why Participate in a Clinical Trial?

There are many reasons to participate in an Alzheimer’s clinical trial. You may want to:

  • Help others, including your own family members, who may be at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Receive a thorough cognitive assessment and follow-up over time.
  • Learn more about memory and your health.
  • Be among the first to learn about promising interventions for the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s.
  • Get information about local support groups and available resources.

Clinical trials and observational studies allow research professionals to partner with volunteer participants to work together to discover new and effective strategies to prevent and treat Alzheimer’s.

To accomplish this goal, we need all kinds of volunteers to participate in our research studies. This includes:

  • Men and women
  • People from different ethnic and racial backgrounds
  • People who are concerned about their memory
  • People who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s
  • People who have family members with memory problems
  • People who have certain medical conditions that may increase their risk of developing memory problems
  • People who are completely healthy

A treatment may work differently depending on the group. Without sufficient representation of a certain group, we can’t be sure about the success of a treatment for members of that group. Additionally, without a sufficient number of participants, a study may be delayed or produce limited or inconclusive results.

Brain Donation

Why is brain donation important?

Brain donation helps researchers better understand the causes of and treatment options for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. One donated brain can provide tissue for hundreds of research studies. In this way, it provides a gift of hope to future generations at risk of developing dementia.

Why should I consider donating my brain?

Brain donation provides your loved ones with a definitive diagnosis. This may offer your family closure and help them assess their risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and/or related dementias.

Additionally, it is a gift for future generations. Your donation will increase the chances that better diagnostic tools and treatment options are developed for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Learn More about Brain Donation


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