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The AlzMatch Study tests whether a single blood test, collected at community-based laboratories, can help speed clinical trial enrollment by identifying people most likely to have amyloid in the brain.  Brain amyloid is a protein that builds up in people who may go on to have memory problems because of Alzheimer’s disease.  Many studies are looking for individuals who have an increased likelihood of having amyloid, and the AlzMatch Study seeks to simplify the screening process for these studies using a blood test.  AlzMatch is inviting participants who are registered in the Alzheimer Prevention Trials (APT) Webstudy and are over 50 years of age, with no diagnosis of dementia. After consent, the primary measures are engagement of eligible participants and collection of blood samples. All participants will be informed of their eligibility to be screened for a clinical study. If eligible and agree to referral, participants will be connected to a local research site for in-person evaluation.  Learn more about the APT Webstudy at: aptwebstudy.org   
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Those identified to have a potential increased risk for memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease, will be referred from the APT Webstudy (above) to the Trial Ready Cohort for the Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (TRC-PAD) in-person study. The purpose of TRC-PAD is to find as many people as possible (also called a “cohort”) who are interested in participating in clinical trials aimed at discovering treatments that will reduce the risk of developing Alzheimer’s dementia. TRC-PAD will help researchers enroll participants into these trials quickly to allow new treatments to be discovered as soon as possible. Participants do not have to participate in the TRC-PAD study in order to participate in the online APT Webstudy.
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The Trial-Ready Cohort- Down Syndrome (TRC-DS) aims to enroll 120 non-demented adults (ages 25-55) with Down syndrome (DS) into a trial ready cohort (TRC). Participants enrolled in the TRC-DS will undergo longitudinal cognitive and clinical assessment, genetic and biomarker testing, as well as imaging and biospecimen collection. Using these outcome measures, researchers will analyze the relationships between cognitive measures and biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) to identify endpoints for AD clinical trials in DS that best reflect disease progression.
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The LEADS study – or the Longitudinal Early-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Study (LEADS) explores the development of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease and how it compares to the more common late-onset Alzheimer’s disease. Better understanding of this form of the disease may ultimately lead to more effective treatments. LEADS is a 2-year observational study designed to enroll 500 participants. Researchers are also recruiting cognitively normal volunteers for a 1-year comparison.
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If you are 50 years of age or older, you can monitor your own cognitive health by participating in the Alzheimer Prevention Trials (APT) Webstudy. The APT Webstudy is designed to identify people who may have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease, using the latest technology to monitor their cognitive performance through regular online memory testing. Volunteers of the APT Webstudy participate at their convenience, anywhere they have access to the internet.
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AHEAD Study is a global multicenter clinical trial aimed at preventing memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease, designed and conducted by the Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials Consortium (ACTC) in collaboration with Eisai. Funding is through a public-private partnership with National Institute on Aging (NIH), Eisai, and several philanthropic organizations. It is led by three academic principal investigators: Dr. Paul Aisen from University of Southern California, and Drs. Reisa Sperling and Keith Johnson from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School.
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Approximately fifty percent of people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other types of dementia will receive hospice care at the end of their life. Of these, over seventy percent will be prescribed psychiatric medications for management of agitation. Recent research suggests that derivatives of cannabis can be beneficial in controlling agitation and distress without the side effects of medications commonly used to treat agitation. This project aims to test the efficacy of an oral combination of two cannabinoids, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD), for the treatment of agitation in participants with a diagnosis of dementia who are eligible for hospice and experiencing agitation. The study will recruit 150 participants from 15 clinical trial sites in the United States over a 2-year period. To facilitate recruitment and retention and to monitor long-term safety of the THC/CBD combination, completers of the double-blind study will then have the option to participate in a 6-month, open-label extension study.
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This study will investigate whether CT1812, a novel and promising therapeutic candidate can halt or slow the process of Alzheimer’s disease. In 2022, a nationwide randomized controlled clinical trial will enroll approximately 540 individuals from Alzheimer’s Clinical Trial Consortium (ACTC) sites and sites from other partnering institutions. Participants aged 50 to 85 with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer’s disease, or mild Alzheimer’s disease who have elevated amyloid in the brain (as measured by PET or CSF), will be sought. Participants will be randomized to receive CT1812 or placebo for 18 months. In addition to a battery of cognitive measures, the study will use a variety of biomarkers to evaluate target engagement and assess changes in neurodegeneration and disease progression. This study will leverage the centralized resources, shared expertise, and experienced trial sites of the ACTC to investigate the potential of CT1812 to preserve cognitive function for individuals with early Alzheimer’s disease.
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The Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI), a landmark study that began in 2004, is a public-private research partnership tasked with identifying biomarkers to detect Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study has gathered and analyzed thousands of brain scans, genetic profiles and biomarkers in blood and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and was designed to enable researchers to follow AD as it progresses in an individual, from various points in the disease process. The newest iteration of the study, called ADNI4, will begin at the end of 2022 and aims to recruit 750 new participants age 55-90 and bring over 750 rollover participants from ADNI3.
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The LEARN study was funded by the Alzheimer’s Association to support the Longitudinal Evaluation of Amyloid Risk and Neurodegeneration (LEARN) study. The LEARN study is a companion study to the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s Disease (A4) study, a pioneering Alzheimer’s secondary prevention trial.
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The landmark Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study (A4 Study) enrolled 1,169 healthy older adults with normal memory but who might be at risk for Alzheimer’s due to family history of the disease and elevated levels of amyloid plaque in the brain. The primary study aims are to prevent the memory loss associated with the disease.
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The purpose of the SNIFF study is to find out whether a type of insulin, when administered as a nasal spray, improves memory in adults with a mild memory impairment or Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The study enrolled 250 adults, age 55-85 who were diagnosed with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) or early AD. There were 26 clinical sites involved. Scientists have learned that MCI has several subtypes. In the most common subtype with high probability of progression to Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss is the most prominent feature (other types of MCI feature other types of cognitive problems).
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The Connect study tested whether an oral, experimental drug, AZD0530 (saracatinib), would slow progression in early stage Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In its early stage after the medical diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease, patients typically show some memory loss, but a majority of daily functions are intact, requiring some reminders or help organizing the day from others in the household. The University of Southern California, Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute served as the coordinating center, helping to enroll 159 participants at 23 clinical sites across the United States.
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The purpose of DOD ADNI is to examine the possible connections between Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and the signs and symptoms of AD on Veterans as they age. Approximately 300 Vietnam War Veterans, ages 50-90 will be eligible to participate in this study
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The EARLY Trial was looking to determine the Efficacy and safety of atabecestat in participants who are Asymptomatic at Risk for developing Alzheimer’s dementia. The study sponsor, Janssen, sought to use the latest advances to assess a participant’s risk associated with beta-amyloid and memory loss, and test whether a treatment that reduces amyloid formation would slow memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease (AD).
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