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Research Grants 2006


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2006 Grant - Schneider

Development of the Cochrane Fully-Coded Trials Register for Dementia

Lon S. Schneider, M.D.
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, California

2006 Senator Mark Hatfield Award for Clinical Research in Alzheimer's Disease

Clinical research in Alzheimer's disease is conducted at numerous institutions, both public and private, around the world. To ensure the research process is efficient and timely, it is crucial that scientists have access to accurate and complete information about research projects completed at institutions besides their own. The Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group (CDCIG) Specialized Register is a database of clinical trials that attempts to address this problem. However, the current register has several shortcomings, such as the failure to include trials of prevention strategies.

Lon S. Schneider, M.D., and colleagues will build upon the existing CDCIG Specialized Register to address many of it shortcomings and make it a more powerful resource for clinical researchers in the field of Alzheimer's disease and dementia. One of their primary goals is to add to the register all completed trials that tested strategies for prevention of these conditions. This project will require extensive searches of several bibliographic databases, careful review of the findings from each search and encoding of the search results into the CDCIG Specialized Register.

An additional project involves making the CDCIG Register more accessible to researchers around the world. To do this, Dr. Schneider and colleagues will create a web-based application that will enable researchers to search the register using a Web browser. This application will be made freely available from the Alzheimer's Association Web site.