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Dementia clinical trials at UC Health
22 in progress, 14 open to eligible people

  • 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 Evaluating Behavioral Intervention in 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 to evaluate the safety and efficacy of three doses of study drug LY3154207 treated for 12 weeks in participants with mild-to-moderate dementia associated with LBD (PDD or DLB).

    at UC Davis UC Irvine

  • A Study to Evaluate Safety of Long-term AL001 Dosing in FTD Patients

    open to eligible people ages 18-80

    A Phase 2 open label study evaluating the safety, tolerability, PK and PD of AL001 in participants with a Granulin mutation or C9orf72 mutation causative of frontotemporal dementia.

    at UCSF

  • 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 UCLA UCSD UCSF

  • 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

  • Escitalopram for Agitation in Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 18-109

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

    at UCLA

  • In-Home Technology for Dementia Caregivers

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This study aims to develop and evaluate in-home assistive technology that is designed to alleviate anxiety, burden, and loneliness in spousal and familial caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.

    at 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

  • 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

  • More Than a Movement Disorder: Applying Palliative Care to Parkinson's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 18-105

    This is a two-center (University of Colorado, University of California San Francisco) community-based comparative effectiveness study of outpatient palliative care for Parkinson's disease (PD) and related disorders (progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), corticobasal degeneration (CBD), multiple systems atrophy (MSA), Lewy Body Dementia (LBD). In September 2018, the study was amended to also include Alzheimer's disease (AD) and related disorders (Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Primary Progressive Aphasia (PPA), Vascular Dementia). It will utilize a randomized stepped-wedge design to compare patient and caregiver outcomes between usual care in the community versus usual care augmented by palliative training and telemedicine support to provide other resources (e.g. social work).

    at UCSF

  • North American Prodromal Synucleinopathy Consortium

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    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

  • Therapy in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (TAME)

    open to eligible people ages 18-85

    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 serum biomarkers can be used both as a diagnostic and a prognostic marker in patients with ALS. Funding Source: FDA-OPD

    at UC Irvine

  • 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 participants with Granulin mutation causative of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) to assess AL001 safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics

    at UCSF

  • Dementia and Diabetes Prevention Program

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    This is a multicenter, randomized 2-arm clinical trial of two lifestyle interventions varying in intensity and format, in 400 older African American and non-Hispanic whites at increased risk of cognitive decline and dementia in the East San Francisco Bay Area. The trial will include two lifestyle interventions that differ in intensity and format: 1. Aerobic Exercise (AEx) Intervention that involves aerobic activities with in-class walking workouts and tutorials and carried out at the East Oakland Sports Center (EOSC) and Tice Creek Fitness Center (TICE). 2. Dietary counseling to support adherence to the Mediterranean-Diet Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) Intervention for Neurodegenerative Delay (MIND) diet to encourage increased consumption of berries, green leafy and other vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fish, poultry, beans and olive oil, and to reduce consumption of fried/fast foods, red meat, whole fat cheese, sweets, butter and trans-fat margarines.

    at UC Davis

  • 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, not currently recruiting here

    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. This study also offers an observational component collecting cognitive assessment data until the availability of an enrolling drug treatment group, referred to as cognitive run-in (CRI).

    at UCSD

  • 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

  • Phenotype, Genotype & Biomarkers in ALS and Related Disorders

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    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

  • The Active Mind Trial

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    Older adults at risk for dementia show a variety of cognitive deficits, which can be ameliorated by different cognitive training (CT) exercises. The best combination of CT exercises is unknown. The aim is to discover the most efficacious combination of CT exercises as compared to cognitive stimulation (which will serve as a stringent, active control) to modify the functional trajectories of older adults' with MCI, who are at high risk for dementia. The primary objective is to design and pilot-test an adaptive, randomized clinical trial (RCT) of cognitive training (CT) combinations aimed to enhance performance of instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) among persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The longitudinal endpoint goal is delaying dementia onset. The primary aim of the study is to determine which CT combination has the best probability to delay dementia by producing the largest IADL improvements. The study further aims to explore the effects of CT on neuroimaging and novel blood-based biomarker outcomes.

    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

  • TRC-PAD Program: In-Clinic Trial-Ready Cohort

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    The purpose of the TRC-PAD study is to develop a large, well-characterized, biomarker-confirmed, trial-ready cohort to facilitate rapid enrollment into AD prevention trials utilizing the APT Webstudy and subsequent referral to in-clinic evaluation and biomarker confirmation. Participants with known biomarker status may have direct referral to the Trial-Ready Cohort. If you are interested in being selected for the TRC-PAD study, you should first enroll in the APT Webstudy (https://www.aptwebstudy.org/welcome).

    at UC Irvine UCSF

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