July 12, 2016

Research

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 katsch@med.umich.edu 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 hlbunker@med.umich.edu or 734-615-5319 to get started. 

Studies Led by Center Researchers

University of Michigan Memory and Aging Project (UM-MAP)

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 hlbunker@med.umich.edu or 734-615-5319. This study team sees participants in Ann Arbor and Detroit. A study flyer is available here

Advancing Reliable Measurement in Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Aging (ARMADA)

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 jordanfi@med.umich.edu or 734-936-5985. This study team sees participants in Ann Arbor and Detroit. The study flyer is available here.

AHEAD 3-45 Study
This trial is researching the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication in people who might be at increased risk for developing memory loss associated with AD. The study is looking for participants age 55-80 years old, who have generally normal memory function in daily life, and who are not being treated for memory problems. For individuals age 55-64 years old, an additional risk factor is required, such as a parent or sibling with AD or previous biomarker testing showing increased risk for developing AD. This study sees participants in Ann Arbor. Contact Lauren Mackenzie at spearsl@med.umich.edu or 734-232-2415. A study flyer is available here.
Driving and Physiological Responses (DAPR)
This study is investigating whether certain driving behaviors can differentiate individuals who are cognitively healthy and those who have cognitive difficulties. The study team is recruiting individuals ages 65 and older who are either cognitively healthy or have a diagnosis of MCI, have a valid driver’s license, drive at least once per week, and drive a car that is model year 1996 or newer. Driving data is kept confidential and is used for research purposes only. This study sees participants in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Contact the study team at cal-npresearch@med.umich.edu or 734-764-6169. A study flyer is available here.
Early Serotonin System Changes in Prodromal Dementia with Lewy Bodies

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: cathlewi@med.umich.edu; Phone: 734-232-1199.

Encephalographic Computerized Assessment (ELECTRA)

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 sshair@med.umich.edu or 313-577-1692. A study flyer is available here.

Identifying Factors Predicting ACcurately End-of-Life in Dementia with Lewy Bodies and Promoting Quality End-of Life Experiences (PACE-DLB)

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 mattinke@med.umich.edu or 734-223-9297 for more information. A study flyer is available here.

Patient-Centered Neurorehabilitation (PCN)
This study evaluates the use of transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) and cognitive rehabilitation to improve cognitive abilities in those living with primary progressive aphasia (PPA) or posterior cortical atrophy (PCA). The study is looking for adults with PPA or PCA over the age of 50. This study sees participants in Ann Arbor. Contact Max Padgett at padgetmi@med.umich.edu or 734-764-4446. A study flyer is available here.
Stimulation of Cingulo-opercular Alertness Network (SCAN)
This study examines the use of transcranial electrical stimulation (tES) as a potential treatment for cognitive challenges in those living with Lewy body dementia (LBD). The study is looking for adults diagnosed with LBD who are over the age of 50. This study sees participants in Ann Arbor. Contact Max Padgett at padgetmi@med.umich.edu or 734-764-4446. A study flyer is available here.
SPEAK! Study (Seniors Promoting English Acquisition and Knowledge)

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.

Stimulation to Improve Memory (STIM)
This study investigates the potential benefits of varying doses of non-invasive electrical brain stimulation combined with cognitive rehabilitation. The study is looking for adults with MCI or AD over the age of 55. This study sees participants in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Contact Stephen Schlaefflin at schlst@med.umich.edu or 734-936-7360. A study flyer is available here.
Wealth Accumulations & Later-life Losses in Early cognitive Transitions (WALLET)

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 vrorai@wayne.edu 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

COVID-19 Coping and Resilience Care Partners Study (CARE)
This study investigates experiences among couples living with dementia during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic to learn more about ways to help both partners live well together. Study is looking for couples (married or living together) residing in Michigan in which one partner has received a diagnosis of dementia within about 5 years or has early symptoms of dementia. This study takes place by phone. Contact Diarratou Kaba at C19carepartners@umich.edu or 734-232-4565. A study flyer is available here.
Lewy Body Dementia Biomarkers

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 skorsnes@med.umich.edu or 734-998-4793. A study flyer is available here.

The STYLE Caregiving During COVID Study (COVID STYLE)
Help us understand your dementia caregiving experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and how the pandemic and shelter-in-place policies impact caregivers’ mental health and health services use. Study is recruiting primary caregivers for a friend or family member with a diagnosis of dementia. Contact Amanda Leggett and the COVID STYLE team at covidstyle@med.umich.edu or 734-623-9911. This study is virtual (online survey and Zoom/phone) and takes approximately 2 hours. A study flyer is available here.
WeCareAdvisor: A Web-Based Tool to Improve Quality of Life for Military Veterans with Dementia and their Caregivers
This study is seeking caregivers to test the WeCareAdvisor, a web-based tool that aims to help users learn more about and manage behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia like wandering, repeated questioning, anger, depression or apathy. This study is looking for participants who have access to a computer or mobile device with internet and are also the primary in-home caregivers for a military Veteran who is living with dementia.  This study does not require any in-person visits, it will be completely virtual.  Contact Barbara Stanislawski at bstanisl@med.umich.edu or 734-232-0323.  A study flyer is available here.
Working Memory Training and Neural Plasticity in Mild Cognitive Impairment
This study investigates the effects of cognitive training as a possible method for improving cognition. Study is recruiting adults age 60 and older without any cognitive complaints or with mild cognitive impairment for training. Sessions may involve magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the participant’s brain which uses magnetic fields. This study is seeing participants in Ann Arbor. Contact the study team at MemoryTrainingStudy@umich.edu or 734-647-3704. A study flyer is available here.

External Studies Supported by Our Center

Alzheimer's Prevention Trials (APT) Webstudy

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 info@aptwebstudy.org 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.

RePair Sleep Study (RePairing Sleep for persons living with cognitive Impairment and their caregivers)

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 glenna.brewster@emory.edu or 404-712-9164. This study is delivered all online. A study flyer is available here.