The purpose of the Alzheimer's Disease Registry Study (ADRS) is to (1) create a registry that will continue to provide study-ready subjects who meet research diagnostic criteria for the different stages of AD and who have been evaluated using research instruments that allow for their participation in clinical trial research, (2) provide a platform to allow for continual follow-up with registry participants to allow for their participation in clinical trial research at different stages of the disease process, and (3) to incorporate a population of veterans and minorities suffering from AD, a population that is not proportionally represented in clinical trial research, into the registry.
By collecting data pertaining to medical history, current medication details, family history, vital signs, and memory/thinking symptom concerns and evaluating a subject's ability to perform certain tasks, such as memory and thinking tests, questions about their daily activities, and social functioning; researchers are able to determine a research subject's potential eligibility in a clinical trial research protocol.
A registry with such information would enable researchers to effectively and efficiently identify potentially eligible research subjects for the program's evolving portfolio of Alzheimer's disease-related clinical trials.
The purpose of the study is to see if daily use of nicotine patches will slow or reverse memory loss in participants with Mild cognitive impairment, an early stage of mental decline associated with Alzheimer's disease. Nicotine may mimic natural chemicals in the brain that play a crucial role in memory function, and previous studies have shown that nicotine may improve attention, learning, and memory. In this study, participants will receive either nicotine (up to 21mg/day, the standard dosage of a nicotine patch) or placebo for 2 years to see if these improvements in brain function can be observed over a longer period.
The purpose of this study is to test whether an investigational drug called solanezumab can slow the progression of memory problems associated with brain amyloid (protein that forms plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer Disease [AD]).
Neurological diseases are the leading cause of disability worldwide and a major contributor to health problems in children and adults. As the majority of these conditions result in lifelong disabilities, the implications for the family and for society is significant.
A significant number of adult and childhood neurological diseases have a genetic component and are caused by changes in our DNA and/or RNA leading to functional changes in the central nervous system. However, for many patients afflicted with these disorders, traditional genetic testing does not identify a clear genetic cause. The goal of this study will be to use newer genetic techniques to evaluate patients and families with neurological disorders to better understand the genetic basis of the disease.
Patients with Alzheimer Disease and patients with Heart failure (and a control group free from both the previous mentioned conditions) will be evaluated with cardiac and neuropsychological assessments, in order to investigate the relationship between the two conditions. 8 follow up visits will be repeated yearly, for 8 years.
Alcohol Use Disorder (AUD) is a risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease (AD), but more research is needed to identify the potential mechanisms underlying this risk. The present study will use fMRI to examine brain network profiles in mid-life AUD. The goal is to develop techniques to assess risk for Alzheimer's Disease and related dementias. Participation includes cognitive testing and MRI scanning.
Candidates for this study may or may not report disturbances in odor perception as their primary reason for seeking treatment at MUSC. This study is designed to collect long term, observational data from patients who are being treated with routine clinical care in health clinics at MUSC. Data from clinical questionnaires will be de-identified and stored in a database.
Traumatic Brain Injury is a risk factor for Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. This study will use neuroimaging in Veterans and civilians with a history of TBI or without TBI to understand whether some of the brain changes that occur in Alzheimer's Disease are present in people with a history of TBI. The study is recruiting male and female military Veterans or civilians with or without TBI between the ages of 30 and 65.
This study will use neuroimaging to understand how the connections in the brain change in Alzheimer's Disease. Changes will also be examined in individuals with mild cognitive impairment and healthy aging. The goal is to discover which brain changes are present in healthy aging and MCI so that future studies can assess the risk for developing Alzheimer's Disease. The study involves blood draw, cognitive testing, MRI, PET scanning, and a 1-year follow-up visit to repeat cognitive testing and MRI scanning.