Be a Part of Finding a Cure for Alzheimer's
Without clinical trials, there can be no better treatments, no prevention and no cure for Alzheimer's disease. Scientists work constantly to find better ways to treat diseases, but improved treatments can never become reality without testing in clinical trials with human volunteers.
Today, at least 50,000 volunteers, both with and without Alzheimer's disease, are urgently needed to participate in more than 100 actively enrolling clinical trials about Alzheimer's and related dementias. So you're probably thinking, "Well, how do I go about finding a clinical trial?" The Alzheimer's Association has made this easy for you by developing TrialMatch™, a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families, healthy volunteers and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location.
TrialMatch is simple to use - with web and phone support, specially trained staff and tools developed with input from people with Alzheimer's. Since the service launched in July 2010, nearly 12,000 individuals have registered to search for Alzheimer's clinical trials. Currently, Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch lists 131 research studies with 545 trial sites nationwide.
The strength of this Web- and national 800 line-based service is its comprehensive, constantly updated database of Alzheimer's, mild cognitive impairment and other dementia trials taking place across the U.S. Specialists at the Alzheimer's Association's national Helpline - available 24-hours a day - assist in the process of matching individuals to clinical trials for which they are eligible based on the study criteria, diagnosis, treatment history and location. They answer questions about the trial process and connect individuals with trial sites based on their unique profile. Patients and caregivers are encouraged to share their trial matches with their healthcare professionals to help decide whether a clinical trial is appropriate.
How to Use Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch
Access TrialMatch online at www.alz.org/TrialMatch or by calling 1-800-272-3900.
Complete a brief questionnaire, either online or over the phone, to create a profile.
Based on specified eligibility criteria (i.e., diagnosis, treatment history, location), the Alzheimer's Association will match your unique profile to its clinical trial database.
With your permission, an Alzheimer's Association 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 and criteria. Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch specialists are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Friday.