Alzheimer's Research

At the Roper St. Francis Research and Innovation Center, we are dedicated to ongoing Alzheimer's disease research. Our program studies a variety of treatments for Alzheimer's including those for prevention, current memory impairment, and disease related behaviors.

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Participate in Alzheimer's research

We understand Alzheimer's and the hardships it brings to patients, their loved ones and caregivers. We value our research volunteers, and they truly become a part of our family. There is hope in knowing that clinical trial participation can help change the course of the disease - if not for our Alzheimer's volunteers directly, then for future generations.

Volunteers are needed!

Alzheimer's research can only move forward if people are willing to volunteer for clinical trials and studies. Before any drug or therapy can be used in clinical practice, it must be rigorously tested to determine whether it is safe and effective in humans.

Volunteers of all genders and races, age 50 and over are currently needed for study participation. This includes individuals already suffering from Alzheimer’s disease or cognitive impairment, as well as those without any diagnosed memory disorder or decline but identified as having a potentially increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

What are the benefits of volunteering for an Alzheimer's research study?

This is an exciting time for Alzheimer's disease clinical research. The advances in our understanding of the disease are helping scientists make great strides in identifying potential new interventions to help diagnose, slow, treat and someday prevent the disease entirely.

Our team provides support and training in how to manage disease related behaviors, both for the participant and their caregiver. Participants in a research study have access to treatments that are being investigated for such things as slowing memory decline, preventing those with risk factors from getting the disease altogether, managing behavioral disturbances associated with Alzheimer’s disease and more. Some study opportunities do not involve treatment at all, however will follow and observe participants over time and monitor changes in the brain and cognitive functioning.

What should you expect in a research study?

Each research participant is monitored very closely throughout the study. The frequency and length of scheduled visits will vary depending on the specific study. Our center will also coordinate care with the participant’s primary care physician and can provide information collected during the research visits that is relevant to clinical care, such as lab work, cognitive testing scores and MRI reports.

The first step in determining if you potentially qualify for a research study is to complete a phone screen with a member of our staff. A clinical assessment would then be scheduled, if appropriate. Participation in a clinical assessment and research study comes at no cost to you.

If you are an individual with no current cognitive impairment or complaints, and interested in Alzheimer's prevention trials participation, in most cases just a phone screen is sufficient to evaluate for possible study eligibility.

Free memory

We offer free memory assessments, in-person or virtually, to evaluate memory concerns and determine eligibility for current research opportunities. To get started, contact our office at (843) 724-2302 to speak to a clinical coordinator.

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