Clinical Trials Advance Alzheimer’s Treatment

Posted on July 6, 2014 by ElderCare Resources Phoenix in Alzheimers Care, Blog, Caregiver Education, Dementia Care, Medical Research

Research on Alzheimer’s is largely dependent on volunteers for clinical trials and studies. In advance of any drug or therapy being approved for clinical practice, it undergoes exhaustive testing to ensure safety in humans. In the Alzheimer’s fight, some 50,000 volunteers are needed to participate in over 175 clinical trials; both those with or without Alzheimer’s. To find 50,000 volunteers, researchers will have to screen about 500,000 potential candidates.

Dr. Laurie Ryan of the Division of Neuroscience at the National Institute on Aging/NIH describes how clinical trials are advancing Alzheimer’s research and who can volunteer for clinical trials.