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Overview


Welcome to Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch, a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location.

Right now, we are in the midst of an exciting time. More than 100 research studies pertaining to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias are underway and recruiting volunteers. Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch lets you search these trials quickly and easily. It also narrows results to those trials where there is a reasonable chance to be accepted for enrollment. This saves time for both you and the researcher. Enrolling the right participants helps researchers accurately measure the effect of a treatment.


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Importance of clinical trials


Clinical trials are the engine that powers medical progress. Through clinical trials, researchers test new ways to detect, treat and prevent Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Without clinical trials, there can be no new treatments or cures.

Over the last 15 years, scientists have made enormous strides in understanding how Alzheimer's disease affects the brain. Currently, the drugs available for the treatment of Alzheimer's only temporarily improve the symptoms of the disease; they do not stop the damage to brain cells that causes Alzheimer's to progress. But scientists believe that in the near future, therapies and treatments that slow or stop the progression of the disease will be available.

Ground-breaking research is going on that could have a measurable impact on the lives of current and future Alzheimer patients. But a lack of volunteers for Alzheimer clinical trials is significantly slowing down this research and the development of new Alzheimer treatments. Recruiting and retaining trial participants is now the greatest obstacle, other than funding, to developing the next generation of Alzheimer treatments.

Participation in clinical studies provides an opportunity to advance and accelerate medical research and to contribute to the better health of future generations. Use the Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch service above to find a clinical trial now.

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Where do the trial listings come from?


The trial listings in the Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch come from publicly available sources, such as clincaltrials.gov from the National Institutes of Health. In addition, direct outreach is being made to a wide variety of research facilities and trial sites across the country to include their Alzheimer's/dementia studies in the database. In order to be included in Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch, trial sites must submit proof of their approval by an institutional review board (IRB). This is a committee that approves, monitors and reviews research involving humans to protect the rights and welfare of the research subjects. Then the trials go through additional vetting by the Alzheimer's Association prior to being listed to ensure that listings only include credible trials and investigators.

How TrialMatch works


Step 1

Access the TrialMatch tool at the top or call our toll-free number, 1-800-272-3900, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. CT, Monday–Friday.

Step 2

Complete a brief questionnaire about your diagnosis and current treatments, either online or over the phone, to create a profile for the potential clinical trial participant.

Step 3

Based on the specified eligibility criteria (i.e., diagnosis, treatment history, location), the Alzheimer's Association will compare your unique profile to its comprehensive, up-to-date clinical trial database.

Step 4

 

With your permission, an Alzheimer's Association Contact Center specialist will contact you to provide unbiased trial result options and trial site contact information. Specialists will not recommend any particular trial, but will help you identify trials that match your specific eligibility criteria.

In addition to Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch, the following resources may be helpful in locating clinical trials:

  • Your doctor, who may know about local or specific research studies that may be right for you. What to ask your doctor.
  • National Institute on Aging-supported Alzheimer's Disease Centers or specialized memory or neurological clinics in your community that may be conducting trials.

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How to include a trial or trial-site


If your IRB-approved trial or trial-site is not currently listed in Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch, and you would like to include it, please read our detailed instructions on how to submit a request. Next, fill out our request form and submit it to ALZTrialMatch@emergingmed.com. An EmergingMed representative will contact you within seven business days and notify you of the status of your request.


 

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