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Alzheimer's Disease clinical trials at UC Health
51 in progress, 23 open to new patients

  • A 24-Month Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of E2609 in Subjects With Early Alzheimer's Disease_

    open to eligible people ages 50-85

    The name of this trial is MissionAD2. This 24-month treatment, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group, Phase 3 study in participants with Early Alzheimer's Disease (EAD) including mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's Disease (AD)/Prodromal AD and the early stages of mild AD will be conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of elenbecestat (proposed international nonproprietary name [pINN]) (E2609).

    at UCLA

  • A Dyadic Sleep Intervention for Alzheimer's Disease Patients and Their Caregivers

    open to eligible people ages 60 years and up

    Studies consistently show the negative health impact of sleep problems in both Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and their caregivers. However, only a few sleep interventions have been conducted for AD patients or their caregivers in community settings and none have addressed both members of the dyad concurrently. To fill these gaps, this study aims to develop a sleep intervention program specifically tailored for AD patient/caregiver dyads who both experience sleep difficulties.

    at UCLA

  • A Multidimensional Behavioral Intervention for Those at Risk for Alzheimer's Dementia

    open to eligible people ages 65 years and up

    This intervention is designed to promote enhanced use of compensation strategies including calendar and task list use, and organization systems, as well as increased engagement with brain health activities including physical exercise, cognitive activities, and stress reduction.

    at UC Davis

  • A Study of Brain Aging in Vietnam War Veterans

    open to eligible people ages 50-90

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common combat related problems and may be associated with a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The purpose of this study is to examine the possible connections between TBI and PTSD, and the signs and symptoms of AD on Veterans as they age. The information collected will help to learn more about how these injuries may affect Veterans of the Vietnam War as they grow older, as well as Veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who also have these types of combat related injuries.

    at UCSF UC Irvine UCSD

  • A Study of LY3303560 in Participants With Early Symptomatic Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 60-85

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a study drug that targets an abnormal protein in the brain found in people with Alzheimer's Disease (AD).

    at UCSF

  • A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of ABBV-8E12 in Subjects With Early Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 55-85

    This study seeks to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ABBV-8E12 in subjects with Early Alzheimer's Disease.

    at UCSF

  • Alzheimer's Caregiver Coping: Mental and Physical Health

    open to eligible people ages 55 years and up

    This study evaluates the effectiveness of Behavioral Activation (BA) therapy vs Support and Information for reducing risk for emotional and cardiovascular diseases in Alzheimer's caregivers. Half of participants will receive BA and the other half will receive support and information.

    at UCSD

  • Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 3 (ADNI3) Protocol

    “This research study will look at clinical, cognitive, imaging, genetic, and biomarker aspects of Alzheimer’s disease.”

    open to eligible people ages 55-90

    Since its launch in 2004, the overarching aim of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) has been realized in informing the design of therapeutic trials in AD. ADNI3 continues the previously funded ADNI-1, ADNI-GO, and ADNI-2 studies that have been combined public/private collaborations between academia and industry to determine the relationships between the clinical, cognitive, imaging, genetic and biochemical biomarker characteristics of the entire spectrum of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The overall goal of the study is to continue to discover, optimize, standardize, and validate clinical trial measures and biomarkers used in AD research.

    at UC Irvine UCSD UCLA UCSF UC Davis

  • An Extension Study of Experimental Medicine Crenezumab For Alzheimer's Disease

    open to all eligible people

    In the BN40031 OLE study, a dose of crenezumab of 60 mg/kg IV Q4W will be offered to all patients who complete Study BN29552 or BN29553 and who meet eligibility criteria in order to evaluate safety in patients on long-term crenezumab treatment and to investigate the effect of crenezumab on the underlying disease process and disease course as an exploratory efficacy objective.

    at UC Davis UCSF

  • Deep Brain Stimulation With LIFUP for Mild Cognitive Impairment and Mild Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 55 years and up

    The purpose of the proposed study is to determine the feasibility of brief brain stimulation, using a device called Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound Pulsation (LIFUP), for persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild (early-stage) Alzheimer's disease (AD). As a secondary aim, the investigators will explore whether this brief intervention is associated with improvements in cognitive functioning immediately and one week following the intervention. Subjects will be randomly assigned to one of two experimental groups: either the LIFUP administration will be designed to increase the activity of neurons in a certain part of the brain or decrease the activity of neurons. The investigators will study up to 8 subjects with MCI or mild AD. Initially, subjects will undergo a screening assessment with a study physician to determine medical and psychiatric history, establish AD diagnosis, and undergo a blood draw, if standard recent labs for dementia and EKG are unavailable. Subjects that meet criteria and agree to participate in the study will undergo a follow-up visit. In the baseline measurement visit, participants will first undergo neuropsychological testing. Participants will be randomly assigned to one of two LIFUP pulsing paradigms. Participants will then be administered four successive LIFUP treatments while the participants are in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Sixty minutes following the administration, participants will undergo a second neuropsychological test. A final follow-up assessment will be administered at one week.

    at UCLA

  • Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease Phenotypes: Neuropsychology and Neural Networks

    open to eligible people ages 40-85

    This study attempts to identify two types of AD by using clinical and cognitive tasks and brain imaging. The subtypes of AD are separated into a "typical" group (memory loss) and a "variant" group (language, visuospatial, and other cognitive difficulties). Performance on the clinical tasks and brain imaging will be compared among the young-onset Alzheimer's disease group, a late-onset Alzheimer's disease group, and a control group.

    at UCLA

  • Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of AVP-786 for the Treatment of Agitation in Patients With Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type

    open to eligible people ages 50-90

    Participants with agitation secondary to dementia of the Alzheimer's type. The diagnosis of probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) will be based on the "2011 Diagnostic Guidelines for Alzheimer's Disease" issued by the National Institute on Aging (NIA)-Alzheimer's Association (AA) workgroups.

    at UC Irvine UCSD

  • Impact of Photobiomodulation (PBM) on Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 50 years and up

    Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of near-infrared light (which is not visible to the eye) to heal and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. Research suggests that the light delivered during PBM enhances the body's biochemical ability to store and use energy and increase blood flow, which triggers the body's natural healing processes. The goal of this study is to determine if PBM administered transcranially (through the scalp and skull) and intranasally (inside the nose) has an effect on cognitive function and behavioral symptoms in people with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study will also examine whether PBM has an effect on biomarkers of AD in the blood and spinal fluid of patients with AD. A biomarker is a specific physical trait used to measure the progress of a disease or condition.

    at UCSF

  • Living Alone in Old Age With Cognitive Impairment

    open to eligible people ages 55 years and up

    The purpose of this study is to better understand the experience of living alone in older age with cognitive impairment. We recruit adults 55+ living alone with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment. This study investigates the priorities and concerns of older adults living alone with cognitive impairment. Participants are interviewed 5 times for one hour in their homes within 3 months at a time that works for them.

    at UCSF

  • Long Term, Extension Study of the Safety and Efficacy of AVP-786 for the Treatment of Agitation in Patients With Dementia of the Alzheimer's Type

    open to eligible people ages 50-90

    This is an extension study of the Phase 3 Studies 15-AVP-786-301 and 15-AVP-786-302, which also allows participants from the Phase 2 Study 12-AVR-131 to be included.

    at UC Irvine UCSD

  • Longitudinal Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease Study Protocol

    open to eligible people ages 40-64

    The Longitudinal Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease Study (LEADS) is a non-randomized, natural history, non-treatment study designed to look at disease progression in individuals with early onset cognitive impairment . Clinical/cognitive, imaging, biomarker, and genetic characteristics will be assessed across three cohorts: (1) early onset Alzheimer's Disease (EOAD) participants, (2) early onset non-Alzheimer's Disease (EO-nonAD) participants,and (3) cognitively normal (CN) control participants.

    at UCSF

  • Mindfulness Meditation and Insomnia in Alzheimer Disease Caregivers

    open to eligible people ages 45-95

    Treatment of insomnia in caregivers is needed given that 60% of Alzheimer disease caregivers report sleep complaints, and insomnia may add to the burden of AD caregiving and contribute to morbidity and mortality risk. This is the first intervention trial in AD caregivers to target insomnia and also evaluate two mechanisms of chronic disease risk, inflammation and cellular aging

    at UCLA

  • Nicotinamide as an Early Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

    open to eligible people ages 50 years and up

    The purpose of this research study is to test whether nicotinamide, also known as vitamin B3 or niacinamide, taken in high doses, can reduce phosphorylation of tau (the protein that accumulates in neurofibrillary tangles) in people with Mild Cognitive Impairment or mild Alzheimer's disease (AD) dementia.

    at UC Irvine UCLA

  • Reducing Risk for Alzheimer's Disease in High-Risk Women Through Yogic Meditation Training

    open to eligible females ages 50-90

    The purpose of this pilot study will be to test whether Kundalini yoga (KY) and Kirtan Kriya (KK) yogic meditation is superior to Memory Enhancement Training (MET) for improving cognitive functioning, health (including cardiovascular factors), and mood in women with high AD risk.

    at UCLA

  • Safety, Tolerability, PK and PD of Posiphen® in Subjects With Early Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 55-85

    This study evaluates the safety and pharmacological effects of 3 different doses of Posiphen® when compared to a placebo, in adult male and female patients with early Alzheimer's disease (AD).

    at UCSD

  • Salsalate in Patients Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 50-85

    The purpose of the study is to test the safety and tolerability of twice daily Salsalate in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease. Half of the participants will receive Salsalate and half will receive placebo during the 1-year duration of the study.

    at UCSF UCSD

  • Study of BHV-4157 in Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 50-85

    Preclinical models suggest that riluzole, the active metabolite of BHV-4157, may protect from AD-related pathology and cognitive dysfunction. Titrated dose of BHV-4157 to 280 mg, or placebo, taken orally once daily. Duration of treatment is 48 weeks. There is also a screening period of up to 42 days; and a 4-week post-treatment observation period.

    at UCSD

  • Vietnamese Caregiver Intervention Study

    “Helping caregivers care for people with dementia”

    open to eligible people ages 21 years and up

    The purpose of this study is to develop and implement a culturally-appropriate intervention to reduce stress in Vietnamese dementia caregivers. A pilot intervention will be done to test the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention in a community setting. This will be done by randomly assigning a family triad (primary caregiver, secondary caregiver, and their care recipient) into an active intervention or a control condition and monitoring findings at baseline, post-intervention, and at three months.The intervention will consist of multiple components -enhanced psycho-education that includes discussion of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and cultural impacts on beliefs about dementia and caregiving, management of problem behaviors, facilitation of support seeking, and mindful Tai Chi. A secondary caregiver who the primary caregiver identifies as providing him/her with the most support will be invited to join all components, but the intervention will be flexible depending on caregivers' needs/preferences. The care recipient is not required to join the sessions but will be able to if he/she or the family wishes. During the intervention, community partners will provide respite care for the care recipient.

    at UC Davis

  • 221AD301 Phase 3 Study of Aducanumab (BIIB037) in Early Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of monthly doses of aducanumab in slowing cognitive and functional impairment as measured by changes in the Clinical Dementia Rating-Sum of Boxes (CDR-SB) score as compared with placebo in participants with early AD. Secondary objectives are to assess the effect of monthly doses of aducanumab as compared with placebo on clinical progression as measured by Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), AD Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (13 items) [ADAS-Cog 13], and AD Cooperative Study-Activities of Daily Living Inventory (Mild Cognitive Impairment version) [ADCS-ADL-MCI].

    at UCLA UCSF

  • 221AD302 Phase 3 Study of Aducanumab (BIIB037) in Early Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of monthly doses of aducanumab in slowing cognitive and functional impairment as measured by changes in the Clinical Dementia Rating-Sum of Boxes (CDR-SB) score as compared with placebo in participants with early AD. Secondary objectives are to assess the effect of monthly doses of aducanumab as compared with placebo on clinical progression as measured by Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), AD Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (13 items) [ADAS-Cog 13], and AD Cooperative Study-Activities of Daily Living Inventory (Mild Cognitive Impairment version) [ADCS-ADL-MCI].

    at UCSD

  • A Phase 3 Clinical Trial to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of [18F]NAV4694 PET for Detection of Cerebral Beta-Amyloid When Compared With Postmortem Histopathology

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    To Determine the the Efficacy and Safety of [18F]NAV4694 PET for Detection of Cerebral β-Amyloid When Compared With Postmortem Histopathology

    at UCSD

  • A Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Preliminary Efficacy Study of TPI-287 in Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The purpose of the study is to determine the highest dose of TPI-287 that is safe and tolerable when administered as an intravenous infusion to participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD), to measure pharmacokinetic properties of the drug as well as to gauge preliminary efficacy of TPI-287 on disease progression.

    at UCSF

  • A Study of Crenezumab in Participants With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer Disease

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    This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel-arm study will evaluate the safety and tolerability of at least two dose levels of intravenous (IV) crenezumab in 24-72 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease (AD) (mini-mental state examination [MMSE] 18 to 28 points, inclusive). An optional open-label extension (OLE) will be offered after the completion of initial double-blind stage.

    at UCSF

  • A Study of Experimental Crenezumab to Test its Effectiveness and Safety in Mild Alzheimer's Disease

    “This study may help doctors learn more about the study drug crenezumab and the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.”

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of crenezumab versus placebo in participants with prodromal to mild AD. Participants will be randomized 1:1 to receive either intravenous (IV) infusion of crenezumab or placebo every 4 weeks (q4w) for 100 weeks. The primary efficacy assessment will be performed at 105 weeks. The participants who do not enter open-label extension will enter for a long term follow-up period for up to 52 weeks after the last crenezumab dose (Week 153).

    at UC Davis UCSF

  • A Study of Gantenerumab in Participants With Prodromal Alzheimer's Disease

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    This multi-center, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled parallel-group study will evaluate the effect of gantenerumab (RO4909832) on cognition and functioning and the safety and pharmacokinetics in participants with prodromal Alzheimer's Disease. Participants will be randomized to receive subcutaneous (SC) injections of either gantenerumab or placebo. Participants who consent to be part of the sub study will undergo positron emission tomography (PET) scanning to assess brain amyloid. The anticipated time on study treatment is 104 weeks in Part 1, with an option for an additional up to 2 years of treatment in Part 2, followed by an open-label extension (Part 3) until July 2020. The dosing for Parts 1 and 2 was stopped after a planned futility interim analysis showed a low probability of meeting the primary outcome measure with the doses studied. The study has converted to open-label to investigate higher gantenerumab doses.

    at UCSD

  • Allogeneic Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    STUDY OBJECTIVES Primary: To assess the safety and tolerability of ischemia-tolerant allogeneic human mesenchymal stem cells (hMSCs) manufactured by Stemedica versus placebo administered intravenously to subjects with mild to moderate dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. Secondary: To assess the preliminary efficacy of hMSCs versus placebo in subjects with Alzheimer's-related dementia, as evidenced by neurologic, functional, and psychiatric endpoints.

    at UC Irvine

  • Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 2

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The purpose of this study is to build upon the information obtained in the original Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI1) and ADNI-GO (Grand Opportunity; a study funded through an NIH grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), to examine how brain imaging technology can be used with other tests to measure the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer's disease (AD). ADNI2 seeks to inform the neuroscience of AD. This information will aid in the early detection of AD, and in measuring the effectiveness of treatments in future clinical trials.

    at UC Irvine UCSD UCLA UC Davis UCSF

  • An Efficacy and Safety Study of Atabecestat in Participants Who Are Asymptomatic at Risk for Developing Alzheimer's Dementia

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    The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether treatment with atabecestat slows cognitive decline compared with placebo treatment, as measured by a composite cognitive measure, the Preclinical Alzheimer Cognitive Composite (PACC), in amyloid-positive participants who are asymptomatic at risk for developing Alzheimer's dementia.

    at UCSD UCLA UC Irvine

  • An Extension Study of ABBV-8E12 in Early Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

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    The purpose of this study is to assess the long-term safety and tolerability of ABBV-8E12 in subjects with early Alzheimer's Disease (AD).

    at UCSF

  • Biomarker Predictors of Memantine Sensitivity in Patients With Alzheimer's Disease

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    The effects of the medication, memantine, on brain functions and the symptoms of Alzheimer's Disease will be tested

    at UCSD

  • CREAD Study: A Study of Crenezumab Versus Placebo to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety in Participants With Prodromal to Mild Al...

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    This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of crenezumab versus placebo in participants with prodromal to mild AD. Participants will be randomized 1:1 to receive either intravenous (IV) infusion of crenezumab or placebo every 4 weeks (q4w) for 100 weeks. The final efficacy and safety assessment will be performed 52 weeks after the last crenezumab dose.

    at UCLA UC Davis UCSF

  • Dominantly Inherited Alzheimer Network Trial: An Opportunity to Prevent Dementia. A Study of Potential Disease Modifying Treatments in Individuals at Risk for or With a Type of Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease Caused by a Genetic Mutation.

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The purpose of this study is to assess the safety, tolerability, biomarker and cognitive efficacy of investigational products in subjects who are known to have an Alzheimer's disease-causing mutation by determining if treatment with the study drug slows the rate of progression of cognitive impairment and improves disease-related biomarkers.

    at UCSD

  • Efficacy and Safety Study of Gantenerumab in Participants With Early Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of gantenerumab versus placebo in participants with early (prodromal to mild) AD. All participants must show evidence of beta-amyloid pathology. Eligible participants will be randomized 1:1 to receive either subcutaneous (SC) injection of gantenerumab or placebo. The primary efficacy assessment will be performed at the end of the double blind period at week 104. Participants will then be offered to enter into an open-label extension (OLE). Participants not willing to go to the OLE will participate in a long term follow-up period for up to 50 weeks after the last gantenerumab dose.

    at UC Davis

  • Escitalopram for Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease

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    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of escitalopram for agitation in Alzheimer's dementia.

    at UCLA

  • Levetiracetam for Alzheimer's Disease-Associated Network Hyperexcitability

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) can have seizures in addition to losing their memory and other mental functions (referred to as cognitive functions). The seizures, and other examples of overactive electrical activity in the brain that is not noticeable, contribute to the loss of cognitive function. Studies in animal models of AD suggest that a drug that prevents seizures called levetiracetam may reduce neuronal over-excitation and improve cognition. Based on this evidence, the investigators propose to determine if levetiracetam can be used to treat patients with AD. The investigators developed novel instruments for this population that will also be used in future large-scale clinical trials. The current study will last for 12 weeks and will involve people with AD. Participants will be initially examined with an overnight brain wave study to assess for silent epileptic (seizure-like) activity. Presence of epileptic activity on the screening exam is not required to enter the trial. Participants will then be assigned to groups in a randomized manner. One group will receive levetiracetam for 4 weeks, then no drug for 4 weeks, and then placebo for 4 weeks. For another group, the order of treatments will be reversed. The cognitive abilities of participants will be retested every 4 weeks and compared to those at the beginning. The cognitive tests include a virtual-reality navigation test of memory and computerized tests of mental flexibility and problem solving. The participants will be monitored with a magnetoencephalogram (MEG) with simultaneous EEG (M/EEG) at each visit. M/EEG is a highly effective non-invasive method for identifying brain regions of epileptic activity. The investigators will need to recruit 36 randomized participants to test the study hypotheses. This study will take place at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center, which is a large referral site for dementias, and the Department of Radiology. The overall goal of the study is to demonstrate that levetiracetam provides cognitive benefit in AD, particularly in patients who have silent epileptic activity.

    at UCSF

  • Multiple Dose Study of Aducanumab (BIIB037) (Recombinant, Fully Human Anti-Aβ IgG1 mAb) in Participants With Prodromal or Mild Alzheimer's Disease

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    The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the safety and tolerability of multiple doses of Aducanumab (recombinant, fully human anti-Aβ IgG1 mAb) in participants with prodromal or mild Alzheimer's Disease (AD). The secondary objectives of this study are to assess the effect on cerebral amyloid plaque content as measured by florbetapir-fluorine-18 (18F-AV-45F-AV-45) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging, to assess the multiple dose serum concentrations of Aducanumab and to evaluate the immunogenicity of Aducanumab after multiple dose administration in this population.

    at UCLA

  • Napping, Sleep, Cognitive Decline and Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

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    This study aimed to pilot test a non-pharmacological (behavioral) treatment program targeting improved cognition through improving 24-h sleep-wake cycle in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild Alzheimer's disease. A treatment program incorporating bright light therapy and a modified cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia will be developed to address 24-hour patterns of sleep. We will then pilot test its feasibility and explore its preliminary effects on improving sleep/napping and cognition in patients with MCI or mild Alzheimer's disease.

    at UCSF

  • Photobiomodulation for Improving Brain Function in Dementia (PBM Dementia)

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    A recent study (Saltmarche et al., 21017) examined the effects of photobiomodulation (PBM), a kind of light therapy that uses red or near-infrared light to heal and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying, in 5 older adults with dementia. After 12 weeks of PBM treatments, delivered with a commercially available, wearable device, the patients with mild to moderately severe dementia showed improvements on the Mini-mental State Exam (MMSE, p<0.003) and Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-cognitive, ADAS-cog, p<0.03). The caregivers, who kept daily journals of their experiences during the 12 weeks of PBM treatment, reported better sleep, fewer angry outbursts, decreased anxiety and wandering in their loved-ones with dementia. The goals of this trial are to: (1) replicate this finding in a larger group of individuals with dementia and (2) to examine the underling brain mechanisms behind the changes in cognitive function.

    at UCSF

  • Prazosin for Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    The study evaluates the effects of Prazosin on agitation in adults with Alzheimer's disease. Two thirds of the participants will participate in the medication portion, while one third will participate in the placebo portion

    at UCSD

  • Preventing Loss of Independence Through Exercise (PLIE) in Persons With Dementia

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    Nearly 1 in 10 older Veterans have dementia, which is a devastating condition that leads to a progressive loss of independence and functional status. Currently available dementia medications do not alter the disease course. Therefore, it is critically important to identify effective strategies for helping older Veterans living with dementia to enhance their functional status and quality of life. The investigators have developed a novel, integrative exercise program called Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIE) that incorporates elements from Eastern and Western exercise modalities and is designed to build and maintain the capacity to perform basic functional movements while increasing mindful body awareness and enhancing social connection. Pilot study results suggest that PLIE is associated with meaningful improvements in physical function, cognitive function and quality of life as well as reduced caregiver burden. The goal of the current study is to perform a full-scale randomized, controlled trial to test the efficacy of PLIE in older Veterans with dementia.

    at UCSF

  • Randomized, Controlled Study Evaluating CERE-110 in Subjects With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

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    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential benefits of CERE-110 in the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. CERE-110 is an experimental drug that is designed to help nerve cells in the brain function better. CERE-110 uses a virus to transfer a gene that makes Nerve Growth Factor (NGF), a protein that may make nerve cells in the brain healthier and protect them from dying. The virus used in CERE-110 does not cause disease in people. CERE-110 has been carefully studied in laboratory animals and is in the early stages of being tested in people. Fifty patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease will participate in this study. Half of the study subjects will have CERE-110 injected into the brain during a surgical procedure, while the other half will undergo a "placebo" surgery where no medication will be injected. All study participants will be followed for at least two years after surgery.

    at UCLA UCSD

  • Safety and Efficacy Study of Gantenerumab in Participants With Early Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel group study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of gantenerumab versus placebo in participants with early (prodromal to mild) AD. All participants must show evidence of beta-amyloid pathology. Eligible participants will be randomized 1:1 to receive either subcutaneous (SC) injection of gantenerumab or placebo. The primary efficacy assessment will be performed at the end of the double blind period at week 104. Participants will then be offered to enter into an open-label extension (OLE). Participants not willing to go to the OLE will participate in a long term follow-up period for up to 50 weeks after the last gantenerumab dose.

    at UCLA

  • SUVN-502 With Donepezil and Memantine for the Treatment of Moderate Alzheimer's Disease- Phase 2a Study

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    This is a phase 2a, proof-of-concept, 26-week, double-blind, multicenter, randomized, parallel group, placebo-controlled study to compare the efficacy and safety of treatment with SUVN-502 to placebo treatment in subjects with moderate Alzheimer's disease receiving stable doses of donepezil HCl and memantine HCl.

    at UCLA

  • The Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS)

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    To assess effects of menopausal hormone therapy and normal aging on cognitive performance and imaging markers of brain structure in women approximately thirteen years after enrolling in the KEEPS trial. KEEPS participants were randomized to oral or transdermal estrogen treatments or placebo within three years of menopause. This is a follow up study of these women approximately thirteen years after randomization (9 years after study completion.) No treatments are given as part of this study; any current hormonal treatments are by choice and prescribed by the participant's personal physician.

    at UCSF

  • The Study of Nasal Insulin in the Fight Against Forgetfulness (SNIFF)

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    An urgent need exists to find effective treatments for Alzheimer's disease (AD) that can arrest or reverse the disease at its earliest stages. The emotional and financial burden of AD to patients, family members, and society is enormous, and is predicted to grow exponentially as the median population age increases. Current FDA-approved therapies are modestly effective at best. This study will examine a novel therapeutic approach using intranasal insulin (INI) that has shown promise in short-term clinical trials. If successful, information gained from the study has the potential to move INI forward rapidly as a therapy for AD. The study will also provide evidence for the mechanisms through which INI may produce benefits by examining key cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers and hippocampal/entorhinal atrophy. These results will have considerable clinical and scientific significance, and provide therapeutically-relevant knowledge about insulin's effects on AD pathophysiology. Growing evidence has shown that insulin carries out multiple functions in the brain, and that insulin dysregulation may contribute to AD pathogenesis. This study will examine the effects of intranasally-administered insulin on cognition, entorhinal cortex and hippocampal atrophy, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers in amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) or mild AD. It is hypothesized that after 12 months of treatment with INI compared to placebo, subjects will improve performance on a global measure of cognition, on a memory composite and on daily function. In addition to the examination of CSF biomarkers and hippocampal and entorhinal atrophy, the study aims to examine whether baseline AD biomarker profile, gender, or Apolipoprotein epsilon 4 (APOE-ε4) allele carriage predict treatment response. In this study, 240 people with aMCI or AD will be given either INI or placebo for 12 months, following an open-label period of 6 months where all participants will be given active drug. The study uses insulin as a therapeutic agent and intranasal administration focusing on nose to brain transport as a mode of delivery.

    at UC Irvine

  • U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk

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    The purpose of this research study is to see if lifestyle changes can protect memory and thinking (cognition) as we age. A recent study in Finland found that a combination of physical and cognitive exercise, diet, and social activity protected cognitive function in healthy older adults who were at increased risk of significant memory loss. So far no medications can rival this positive outcome. The point of POINTER is to test if lifestyle change can also protect against memory loss in Americans.

    at UC Davis

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