Research Participation

Why Participate in Research?

Your participation in research provides important information regarding possible effective treatments and preventions for Alzheimer’s disease. Only through community participation in research will progress be made in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease.

To find out more about opportunities to participate in the BU ADC’s current research studies, please contact the Recruitment Coordinator: 617-414-1077 or

Dr. Robert Stern explains the importance of research participation.

Types of Research Studies and Their Purpose

We have several different types of ongoing studies at the ADC. Each study has its own goals.

  1. Our memory and aging studies help us to learn about the changes that occur in people’s memory as they age. Clinical trials (or treatment trials) and prevention trials help to determine if new or currently used medications can prevent Alzheimer’s disease or slow its progression.
  2. Our family and genetic studies look at the link between Alzheimer’s disease and genetics; these studies help us to understand genetic risk factors associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
  3. Caregiving studies specifically focus on issues related to activities in daily life, such as driving, coping emotionally with caregiver activities, and support strategies for caregivers.
  4. Our imaging studies help us learn how brain images can provide more information about diagnosing and detecting Alzheimer’s disease. If we can identify changes that are occurring in the brain throughout the disease process, we can help to diagnose and treat people with Alzheimer’s disease as early as possible in the disease process.

Explore current studies in more detail on the research section of the site.