UCD seeks new volunteers for Alzheimer’s study

By From page A7 | April 11, 2011

The UC Davis Alzheimer’s Disease Center is recruiting new volunteers for a study aimed at helping to define the subtle changes in the brains of older people that take place before overt symptoms of the disease become apparent.

Over the next five years, approximately 1,000 people aged 55 to 90 will be enrolled at approximately 55 sites in the United States and Canada. They will be followed to define any changes in brain structure and function as people transition from normal cognitive aging to mild cognitive impairment, often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a news release.

“The study will use imaging techniques and biomarker measures in blood and cerebrospinal fluid specially developed to track changes in the living brain,” said John Olichney, principal investigator for the center in Martinez. “We hope to identify who is at risk for Alzheimer’s, track progression of the disease and devise tests to measure the effectiveness of potential interventions.”

To volunteer or learn more about the study, call Katharine Vieira (925) 372-2493 or Adi Kondonijakos (925) 372-2464.

Information also may be obtained by calling (800) 438-4380 or online at http://www.nia.nih.gov/Alzheimers.

Enterprise staff

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