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Mild Cognitive Impairment clinical trials at UC Health
14 in progress, 13 open to eligible people

  • 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 UC Irvine UCSD UCSF

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

    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 Davis UC Irvine UCLA UCSD UCSF

  • Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapy for Mild Cognitive Impairment

    open to eligible people ages 55 years and up

    The number of older Veterans with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) seeking care within the Veterans Affairs (VA) health care system is increasing and is expected to increase more rapidly as Vietnam era Veterans age. The cognitive effects of MCI and subsequent neurodegenerative disorders can adversely affect a Veteran's ability to function independently and failure to provide appropriate intervention can result in an increased need for healthcare services and VA benefits in the future. The VA currently spends over $19,000 annually per patient to care for Veterans with dementia (Zhu et al., 2009), and delaying the onset of dementia even by one to two years will result in substantial financial savings to the VA and quality of life gains for the Veteran. Since present pharmacological interventions have demonstrated limited efficacy, alternative treatments are needed. Therefore, an evidence-based cognitive training intervention that optimally addresses the needs of older Veterans with MCI is of critical importance to the VA patient care mission.

    at UCSD

  • 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

  • Exercise in Adults With Mild Memory Problems

    open to eligible people ages 65-89

    This study evaluates the effects of physical exercise on cognition, functional status, brain atrophy and blood flow, and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of Alzheimer's disease in adults with a mild memory impairment. Half of participants will participate in a stretching-balance-range of motion exercise program, while the other half will participate in a moderate/high aerobic training program.

    at UC Irvine

  • Impact of Grape Consumption on Brain Metabolism and Neuropsychological Performance Over 1 Year

    open to eligible people ages 65-85

    Constituents of grapes have been studied for their antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anticarcinogenic properties. In the past decade, there has been emerging evidence regarding a potential role for grapes in slowing cognitive decline and other effects of aging. Furthermore, evidence has been obtained in vivo that supplementation with grape seed extract in aged rats improves cognitive performance, and that supplementation with grapes in people having decline in cognition leads to preservation of metabolism in brain regions important to cognitive function over a period of six months. The investigator aims to measure effects of grape intake on cerebral metabolism and neuropsychological performance, and to determine whether initial patterns, and magnitude of change, of cerebral metabolism assessed by positron emission tomography (PET) can serve respectively as a predictor of, and biomarker for, the magnitude of cognitive changes resulting from intake of grapes over a period of at least one year.

    at UCLA

  • 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

  • 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 UCLA UCSF

  • 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

  • Phase II Trial of Tesamorelin for Cognition in Aging HIV-Infected Persons

    open to eligible people ages 40 years and up

    The aim of this study is to test whether tesamorelin, in combination with a text-messaging application to help with motivation and adherence, will significantly improve memory and thinking in HIV.

    at UCSD

  • Preventing Loss of Independence Through Exercise (PLIÉ) in Persons With Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

    open to eligible people ages 60 years and up

    Nearly 1 in 10 older Americans have dementia, which is a devastating condition that leads to a progressive loss of independence and functional status. Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is an intermediate stage between the expected cognitive decline of normal aging and the more-serious decline of dementia. 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 in individuals with dementia, as well as reduced caregiver burden. The goal of the current study is to perform a randomized, controlled trial to test the efficacy of PLIE in older adults who have MCI but who do not yet have dementia. The investigators will also investigate the neural mechanisms underlying PLIE by acquiring brain imaging measures.

    at UCSF

  • 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

  • Tau Imaging With JNJ067

    open to eligible people ages 50 years and up

    This protocol is designed to assess the utility of a new positron emission tomography (PET) radiopharmaceutical to image tau, [18F] JNJ067, invented by Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. To date, the radiopharmaceutical has been used in a small group of patients and controls (<20). The study plans to expand the range and number of subjects, to examine a total of 18 participants including controls and patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias. All patients will be recruited from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center (MAC) and controls will be recruited from the University of California, Berkeley Aging Cohort Study (BACS). Patients will undergo a multidisciplinary clinical evaluation for diagnosis and a cognitive assessment at the MAC; controls will undergo the usual BACS cognitive assessment performed on the Berkeley campus. Following these evaluations UCSF subjects will undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning at the UCSF Neuroimaging Center and blood sampling for genetic testing also at UCSF, and BACS subjects will undergo an MRI at the University of California Berkeley 3T Brain Imaging Center (in Li Ka Shing hall on the Berkeley campus) and blood sampling for genetic testing at the time of the PET scan. All subjects will come to Lawrence Berkeley National Law (LBNL) where they will have, on the same day, a C-11 Pittsburgh compound B (PIB) PET scan to measure brain amyloid, and an F-18 JNJ067 PET scan to measure brain tau. These scans will be examined and analyzed by LBNL staff, and data will be processed to examine basic questions about the quantitative behavior of JNJ067. Scan results will not be returned to control subjects, but physicians at UCSF will receive scan results on MAC patients and will share results with participants. As part of this protocol, the investigators also plan to share the acquired data widely. All data will be de-identified. Data will be shared with the inventors (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) as well as other scientists worldwide. As this is a new radio tracer, the investigators anticipate that there will be interest in seeing the actual data to answer questions about uptake and application of the method in future studies in many different laboratories. Shared data will include PET scans, MRI scans, genetic testing, and neuropsychological results.

    at UCSF

  • Traumatic Brain Injury and Risk for Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The project is designed to assess early diagnosis of Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE), a neurobehavioral syndrome manifested by failed relationships, marriages, and businesses, emotional disturbances, depression, alcohol and substance abuse, and suicide attempts and completions. CTE typically begins after a latency period of several years following single or repeated Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs). A history of cerebral concussion may or may not be present. This study builds upon prior work at UCLA using Positron Emission Tomography (PET) to identify normal and abnormal functional patterns in the brain by studying persons with a history of TBI including but not limited to: amateur and professional athletes, active and veteran members of the armed forces, as well as victims of motor vehicle and work accidents, and physical battery/domestic violence. This project aims to expand these findings to the population at large. Identification of the syndrome is critical for identifying potential individuals who are most likely to benefit from potential prevention and treatment.

    at UCLA

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