Our Research

grandfather and granddaughterOur Center supports many types of research on Alzheimer’s disease.  If you are interested in participating in one of our studies, please call 617.414.1077 or email joinADC@bu.edu for more information.

In addition to our main registry of participants, the Health Outreach Program for the Elderly (HOPE), we are currently recruiting for the following studies:

Participants Needed

Research Study Name

Description

Detection & Diagnosis
Healthy adults, MCI, AD

Health Outreach Program for the Elderly (HOPE)

HOPE is the main registry of participants at the BU ADC. People who join HOPE attend a yearly visit in which their memory and thinking abilities are evaluated. They also participate in other BU ADC affiliated studies.

Former Contact Sports Athletes

Research Study of Former Contact Sport Athletes

This study is attempting to determine which factors increase a person’s risk of developing CTE and learning how to diagnose it in living patients

Healthy Adults, MCI, AD

Amylin, Amyloid-beta Peptide, and Alzheimer’s disease

The goal of this study is to develop a blood test that can be used to diagnose and possibly treat patients with MCI or dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease.

Treatment & Prevention

Pre-Clinical Memory Complaints

Solanezumab (A4 Clinical Trial)

This clinical trial is examining the effects of Solanezumab in patients with memory complaints, but who have not been diagnosed with MCI or AD.

MCI, AD

BAN2401 (Eisai Clinical Trial)

This clinical trial is examining the effects of BAN2401 in patients with MCI and very early AD.

Mild AD

Solanezumab (Lilly Clinical Trial)

This clinical trial is examining the effects of Solanezumab in patients with mild AD.

Moderate AD

EVP-6124 (EnVivo Clinical Trial)

This clinical trial is examining the effects of an oral medication on those with mild to moderate AD currently or previously on ACE inhibitor treatment.

Moderate AD

TCAD Clinical Trial

This clinical trial is examining the effects of an oral medication on those with mild to moderate AD currently on Aricept (Donepezil)

Improving Thinking & Memory

Healthy Adults

The Memory Benefits of Sleep in Healthy Young, Elderly, and Mild AD Subjects

The goal of this study is to analyze the effects of sleep on memory processing.

Healthy Adults

Effects of Parkinson’s Disease on Perception and Gait

This study looks at neurological changes associated with Parkinson’s and the relationships between basic vision, visuospatial abilities and daily function.

Healthy Adults, MCI, AD

Understanding False Memory in Alzheimer’s Disease

This research study seeks to understand why patients with Alzheimer’s disease frequently remember things that did not happen.

Healthy Adults, MCI

Cardiovascular Integrity Risk for Cognitive Decline in Aging (CIRCA)

CIRCA is examining how brain structures relate to cognitive changes and how risk factors for cerebrovascular disease may affect individuals with and without MCI.

Caregiving

All forms of dementia (i.e. AD, PD, FTD, etc.), MCI

Alzheimer’s Association Dementia Care Coordination Project

This study will evaluate approaches to care coordination and education for those with AD or other dementias.

Healthy Adults, AD

Emotional Perception, Neuropsychiatric Symptoms and Caregiver Experience in AD

Researchers are examining how changes in emotional perception in people with dementia due to Alzheimer’s disease impact the experience of their caregivers.

Healthy Adults

Health Pathways (Caregivers)

The Health Pathways study looks at how caring for a person with dementia affects physical and emotional health.

Other Studies

Healthy Adults, AD

Mitochondrial Abnormalities and Repair in Psychiatric Illness
This study aims to learn about the structure and function of cells and mitochondria of people with brain illness.