A clinical trial is a study to test the effectiveness of a drug or a way to diagnose, treat or possibly even prevent a medical condition. All participants are volunteers; no one is required to be in a clinical trial. Not everyone is even eligible for a clinical trial, but those who are and who agree to take part after talking to their doctors are making important contributions to medical science.
Montefiore has several clinical trials testing diagnostic techniques and treatment methods for Alzheimer’s disease:
- Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) in Mild to Moderate Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) Patients
This study uses a small electronic device that patients with dementia and their caregivers can use at home to measure activity in the brain and help doctors manage their symptoms. Click here for more information about this trial.
- New IDEAS: Imaging Dementia-Evidence for Amyloid Scanning Study
The study uses amyloid PET scans to help doctors develop the right care plan for patients who have mild cognitive impairment or dementia. Click here for more information about this trial.
- Implementation of the 5-Cog Paradigm
The 5-Cog is a simple, easy-to-use question-and-answer test that takes less than 5 minutes and can help a doctor see if a patient has any cognitive difficulties. Click here for more information about this trial.
You can also call the Montefiore Center for the Aging Brain at 914-375-4880 to ask about these trials.
The National Institutes of Health has extensive information on Alzheimer’s Disease trials at click here
The Alzheimer’s Association also has a listing of clinical trials at click here