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Dementia clinical trials at UC Health
27 in progress, 13 open to new patients

  • 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 LY3154207 in Participants With Parkinson's Disease Dementia

    open to eligible people ages 40-85

    A randomized placebo-controlled trial in individuals with Parkinson's disease dementia to evaluate the safety and efficacy of three doses of study drug LY3154207 in participants with mild-to-moderate Parkinson's disease dementia treated for 12 weeks.

    at UC Irvine UC Davis

  • Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL)

    open to eligible people ages 18-85

    Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is the neuropathological term for a collection of rare neurodegenerative diseases that correspond to four main overlapping clinical syndromes: frontotemporal dementia (FTD), primary progressive aphasia (PPA), corticobasal degeneration syndrome (CBS) and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome (PSPS). The goal of this study is to build a FTLD clinical research consortium to support the development of FTLD therapies for new clinical trials. The consortium, referred to as Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL), will be headquartered at UCSF and will partner with six patient advocacy groups to manage the consortium. Participants will be evaluated at 14 clinical sites throughout North America and a genetics core will genotype all individuals for FTLD associated genes.

    at UCSF UCLA UCSD

  • 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

  • Characterization of Inclusion Body Myopathy Associated With Paget's Disease of Bone and Frontotemporal Dementia (IBMPFD)

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    The investigators are researching families with inherited inclusion body myopathy (IBM) and/or Paget disease of bone (PDB) and/or dementia (FTD) which is also called IBMPFD. IBMPFD is caused by mutations in the VCP gene. Our main goal is to understand how changes in the VCP gene cause the muscle, bone and cognitive problems associated with the disease. The investigators are collecting biological specimen such as blood and urine samples, family and medical histories, questionnaire data of patients with a personal or family history of VCP associated disease. Participants do not need to have all symptoms listed above in order to qualify. A select group of participants may be invited to travel to University of California, Irvine for a two day program of local procedures such as an MRI and bone scan. Samples are coded to maintain confidentiality. Travel is not necessary except for families invited for additional testing.

    at UC Irvine

  • 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

  • Flortaucipir PET Imaging in Subjects With FTD

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This study is designed to assess the usefulness of 18F-AV-1451 in Positron Emission Tomography imaging for subjects diagnosed with Frontotemporal Dementia.

    at UCSD UCSF

  • Intranasal Oxytocin for Frontotemporal Dementia

    open to eligible people ages 30-80

    The purpose of this study is to assess the safety, tolerability and effects on behaviour of Syntocinon given intranasally (by a spray into the nostrils) compared to placebo (an inactive saline substance that contains no medication) in participants with frontotemporal dementia/Pick's disease. This study will take place in approximately 15 centres across Canada and the United States. Approximately 112 patients in total will be enrolled in this study. In the first phase we will examine which of three different dosing schedules of oxytocin may be more effective. In the second phase of the study, patients entering the study will be randomized to the oxytocin dosing schedule that appeared most effective in the first phase.

    at UCLA 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 Evaluation of Familial Frontotemporal Dementia Subjects

    open to eligible people ages 18-90

    This study is being done to learn more about normal thinking and behavior, mild thinking and behavior problems, Frontotemporal Dementia and other forms of dementia in families in which one or more relatives have a mutation associated with Frontotemporal Dementia.

    at UCSF

  • Paired Integrative Exercise Program for People With Dementia and Caregivers

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    Preventing Loss of Independence through Exercise (PLIÉ) is a unique, multimodal movement program for people with dementia (affected individuals) that is taught by trained instructors and combines physical, mental and social activities. The Paired PLIÉ Program is an adapted version designed for pairs of affected individuals and care partners. The goal of this study is to perform a randomized, controlled trial (RCT) with a delayed start design to examine the effects of the Paired PLIÉ Program on function and quality of life in affected individuals and care partners.

    at UCSF

  • Phenotype, Genotype & Biomarkers in ALS and Related Disorders

    open to all eligible people

    The goals of this study are: (1) to better understand the relationship between the phenotype and genotype of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and related diseases, including primary lateral sclerosis (PLS), hereditary spastic paraplegia (HSP), progressive muscular atrophy (PMA), and frontotemporal dementia (FTD); and (2) to develop biomarkers that might be useful in aiding therapy development for this group of disorders.

    at UCSD

  • A First in Human Study in Healthy Volunteers and in Participants With Frontotemporal Dementia With Granulin Mutation

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    A first in human phase 1 study in healthy volunteers and Granulin mutation causative of frontotemporal dementia to assess AL001 safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics

    at UCSF

  • 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

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

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

    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

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

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    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

  • Cognitive, Behavioral, and Functional Change in Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD)

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The objectives of the study are to; (1) estimate the change in disease -related cognitive decline over 1 year on a battery of cognitive tests administered to participants with early-stage symptomatic Behavioral Variant Frontotemporal Dementia (bvFTD) phenotypic variant; (2) identify the cognitive test or brief battery of cognitive tests which are the most sensitive to detect bvFTD progression; (3) determine the optimal schedule of administration of cognitive tests to detect bvFTD progression; (4) evaluate the relationship between cognitive tests and measures of behavior, function, caregiver's burden, quality of life (QOL); and (5) obtain blood samples for genetic and exploratory biomarkers correlations.

    at UCLA

  • 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

  • Escitalopram for Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

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

    at UCLA

  • Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers is a six-week program designed to increase positive affect in people who care for a family member with dementia. The intervention consists of 6 weekly one-hour sessions conducted one-on-one with a trained facilitator to teach simple skills that are practiced at home in a study-supplied workbook. The program is preceded and followed by a 30-45 minute questionnaire. Follow-up assessments will be conducted at 1-month, 3-months, and 6-months post intervention. Primary hypothesis is that experimental subjects who participate in LEAF will demonstrate significantly greater improvements in psychological outcomes and will engage in more problem focused and positive appraisal forms of coping compared to the wait-list control condition.

    at UCSF

  • North American Prodromal Synucleinopathy Consortium

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    This study will enroll participants with idiopathic rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder (RBD), for the purpose of preparing for a clinical trial of neuroprotective treatments against synucleinopathies.

    at UCLA

  • Partnership in Implementation Science for Geriatric Mental Health (PRISM)

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    The Partnership in Implementation Science for Geriatric Mental Health (PRISM) project proposes an evidence-based physical exercise intervention for older adults who exhibit behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD). The proposed evaluation study will conduct a randomized controlled trial with a Hybrid Type 3 design to compare the intervention arm that implements the culturally-adapted GTO model (GTO-ThAI) to deliver implementation support, with a control arm, which receives usual top-down administrative instruction for implementing a policy initiative.

    at UC Davis

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

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    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

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

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    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

  • 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

  • Therapy in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis With Memantine at 20 mg BID (TAME)

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    The purpose of this study is to determine if memantine at 20 mg BID when used in conjunction with riluzole, can slow down the disease progression of patients with ALS including potentially improving their neuropsychiatric changes, as well as determine if CSF protein biomarkers can be used both as a diagnostic and a prognostic marker in patients with ALS. Funding Source-FDA OOPD

    at UC Irvine

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