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Local Clinical Trials and Research StudiesResidents of Southeastern Wisconsin have an opportunity to help further the progress in Alzheimer’s research by participating in local clinical trials and research studies. The following are brief descriptions of projects that are currently underway at several academic and clinical sites:
Medical College of Wisconsin/Froedtert Hospital - Milwaukee
The Memory Clinics & Research Center at the Froedtert and Medical College of Wisconsin is always involved in research projects on Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss, depression, and normal aging. You, a relative, or a friend may be able to help!
Retinal Imaging Research - In collaboration with the Advanced Ocular Imaging Program at the Froedtert Eye Institute we are using a unique eye imaging technique to study changes in the retina. The ultimate goal is to develop an early diagnostic tool for Alzheimer’s disease. We are enrolling volunteers with mild Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, as well as older healthy volunteers. For more information, please contact Jennifer Jones at 414.805.5232 or JLJONES@mcw.edu.
Investigational Drug Studies - We are actively involved in several investigational drug studies. Clinical evaluations, tests, and medication are provided during the study. Participants generally must have a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer’s disease or mild cognitive impairment, be in reasonably good health, and be able to make regular visits to the clinic over a several-month period. At various times, normal healthy volunteers are also needed participate in these studies. For more information, please contact Barbara Blaney at 414.805.8328 or BBLANEY@mcw.edu.
Depression with or without Family History of Alzheimer’s Disease - The Medical College of Wisconsin is conducting a research study to increase our understanding of the differences in brain function between depressed and non-depressed individuals with or without a family history of Alzheimer’s disease. We are also enrolling depressed older adults with and without mild cognitive impairment. Qualified participants must be at least 40 years old. If you qualify, you will have memory and behavioral testing, and a research MRI brain scan. Compensation for time and travel will be provided. For more information, please contact Stacy Claesges at 414.955.8970 or SCLAESGE@mcw.edu.
IPC Research – WaukeshaIPC Research is the Clinical Trials Program at Independent Psychiatric Consultants, S.C., under the medical direction of Cary J. Kohlenberg, M.D. A variety of Alzheimer's Disease Drug Studies (focusing on cognition, functional decline, and behavioral symptoms) are open for recruitment. Currently IPC Research is conducting three trials for individuals that have a diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease. A clinical trial is a quality, confidential, no-cost health care option. Clinical trials must adhere to strict protocols, and all trials are monitored for good clinical practice under the code of federal regulations. Along with structured and consistent treatment, additional benefits at no cost to the participant include:
- Physical examinations
- Laboratory testing
- Electrocardiogram (ECG)
- MRI, CT scans or PET scans
- Ongoing assessment of symptoms and possible side effects
- Opportunity to receive trial medication
- Possible compensation for participationPossible compensation for travel
For more information about current trials, contact study team members Shelley Schultz or Anne Dobratz at 262.513.0700.
Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute - Madison, Milwaukee and throughout Wisconsin
Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) is a long-term research study of the adult children of persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease being conducted by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Institute based at the University of Wisconsin Medical School. The aim of the project is to identify clues about the development and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease by studying a large group of persons at increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease over a long period of time. Participants in WRAP provide health, lifestyle, and genetic information, and undergo memory and cognitive testing every four years. The study is currently recruiting persons of diverse racial/ethnic heritage in the greater Milwaukee area and across the state. For information about the study or how you can participate, contact Janet Rowley at 608.329.3306 or 800.417.4169 or visit the WAI website.