Join a Study
Now is the time to join research. Research participation is a generous gift – a gift that can be shared with future generations as we pave the way to new discoveries in treatment and prevention. Research participation contributes to the discovery of new ways to diagnose, treat and support people with Alzheimer’s disease or a related disorder.
Image above: Dr. Benjamin Hampstead with a research participant.
We are currently seeking research volunteers experiencing early signs of memory changes as well as healthy older adults. In many of our studies, we have a particular focus on recruiting underrepresented groups into this dementia research. We understand that participating in research is not always an easy decision. Individuals and their families should carefully consider all of the possible benefits and risks before agreeing to participate.
If you are interested in participating in research, please complete a Research Volunteer Form to get started. Please contact Kate Hanson at 734-936-8332 with any questions or to fill a Research Volunteer Form out over the phone. If you complete a Research Volunteer Form independently, you can email to Kate Hanson at firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 2101 Commonwealth Blvd, Ste D, Ann Arbor, MI 48105. We thank you for considering participating in research!
Currently Enrolling Studies
University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP): The University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP) is the Michigan Alzheimer’s Disease Center’s main observational, longitudinal study. The study investigates changes related to memory and thinking over time so that researchers can learn more about normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Participants in UM-MAP can be seen at both our Ann Arbor and Detroit locations. There is modest compensation for participation. All participants must have a family member or close friend as their study partner to accompany them to visits. Contact Holly Bunker at email@example.com or 734-615-5319 to get started.
Studies Led by Center Researchers
Investigating changes in cognitive functioning over time to learn more about normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases. Study is looking for adults with or without cognitive changes over the age of 55. Contact Holly Bunker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-615-5319. This study team sees participants in Ann Arbor and Detroit. A study flyer is available here.
Testing a new set of measurements – the NIH Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function – for their ability to detect early signs of cognitive decline and to differentiate among cognitive health and cognitive illness. Participants must also enroll in the University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP) in addition to this study. The study is looking for adults wit mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease age 65-85. Contact Jordan Fisher at email@example.com or 734-936-5985. This study team sees participants in Ann Arbor and Detroit. The study flyer is available here.
This is an NIH-funded neuroimaging study that aims to understand whether the brain’s serotonin system is a critical modifier of disease burden in Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB). We are looking for interested participants with DLB age 60 or older not on serotonin medications. The study involves undergoing a day of clinical testing at MADC and two days of imaging testing at the University Hospital. Please contact the study team with any questions. Study coordinator: Cate Lewis; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 734-232-1199.
Testing the utility of electroencephalographic (EEG) and computerized testing in identifying the first signs of dementia in at-risk African Americans. ELECTRA is a collaborative project between Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Participants must be part of (or willing to be part of) the University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP) in addition to this study. Eligible participants will be cognitively normal African Americans age 65 or older who are concerned about their memory and thinking. The study team sees participants in Detroit at Wayne State University; travel to Ann Arbor may be required as part of the UM-MAP study. Contact the ELECTRA study team at email@example.com or 313-577-1692. A study flyer is available here.
This study aims to understand what changes might predict the end of life in people living with dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). This information will help patients, caregivers, families, and health care professionals know what to expect in later stages of DLB. Study is enrolling individuals with at least moderate stage DLB and their main caregiver, and the caregiver must be able to answer questionnaires related to the DLB and caregiver experience. Study is conducted via Zoom or by phone. Contact Kelly Mattingly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-223-9297 for more information. A study flyer is available here.
Help researchers find out if using simple computer technology to converse with English Language Learners might improve a sense of purpose, connectedness, and wellbeing among older adults with symptoms of mild cognitive impairment. The study is looking for adults with symptoms of mild cognitive impairment over the age of 55. Contact the SPEAK study team at SPEAK Study@med.umich.edu. This study team is enrolling participants who live anywhere in the United States. A study flyer is available here.
There is a concern that people who experience a decline in memory or thinking skills may unknowingly also experience a decline in taking care of their finances. The study will review the past 12 months of checking- account and credit card records and administer some psychological and cognitive tests. Study is looking for English-speaking adults aged 60 or older, diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) or self-reported cognitive impairment. Contact Vanessa Rorai at email@example.com or 313-664-2604. This study does not require any in-person visits; it will be completely remote via telephone.
Studies Led by Center-Affiliated Researchers
Investigating new brain imaging approaches that investigators hope will identify protein accumulations in the brain of individual patients with PD-related dementia. This study is looking for adults age 55 and older with Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD), Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB), or Alzheimer’s disease with at least one symptom of DLB. Contact Sheryl Korsnes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-998-4793. A study flyer is available here.
External Studies Supported by Our Center
The APT Webstudy is an online memory and thinking research tool aimed at accelerating enrollment into Alzheimer’s clinical trials by identifying and tracking individuals who may be at higher risk for developing Alzheimer’s. The study is looking for adults over age 50. Contact the study team at email@example.com or 1-858-877-3135, or visit https://www.aptwebstudy.org/welcome for more information about the study. This is a web-based study; a computer or mobile device with internet is necessary to participate. A study flyer is available here.
Study team is hoping to find out whether a videoconferencing behavioral intervention for sleep troubles provided to both persons living with cognitive impairment and their caregivers is practical, useful, and improves sleep. This study is recruiting both persons living with cognitive impairment (MCI, mild to moderate dementia) and their care partners. Contact Dr. Glenna Brewster at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-712-9164. This study is delivered all online. A study flyer is available here.