Research Studies

The ADC will be starting several new studies in the next few months. Please check our site for updates about our studies and/or leave your contact information on the Join a Study page.

To learn more about studies underway, scroll down for more information or call the UT Southwestern Memory Research Unit at 214-648-0563.

Study participants like Dewayne Nash, M.D., (see video below) have found that participating in our clinical trials has helped him in ways he never expected.

Clinical Trials

This study will test whether an investigational drug, solanezumab, can slow the progression of memory problems associated with amyloid, a protein that forms plaques in the brains of people with Alzheimer disease. Participants who have normal thinking and memory function but may be at risk for developing Alzheimer's dementia are invited to participate. All volunteers will undergo a positron emission tomography (PET) scan to be determine their brain amyloid levels. Please contact Erica Adkins at 214-648-9343 or by email for more details.

People aged 60 or older who are in overall good health but who are noticing more “senior moments” or have been diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment are needed for a study evaluating the effects of cognitive training on brain function. A brief cognitive screening will be given to determine eligibility for the study. Those who qualify will receive eight cognitive training sessions, study-related assessments, an electroencephalogram to measure brain waves, and follow-up testing. For more information, call Audette Rackley at 214-905-3007.

Observational and Biomarker Development Studies

While these studies do not require or offer a new treatment, they are the foundation for future research and therapeutic trials.

People with mild cognitive impairment, early Alzheimer’s disease, or frontotemporal dementia are needed for observational studies. The studies usually involve one visit a year for neuropsychological testing, neurological exams, brain imaging, and blood sampling. The data collected from these visits are used by many investigators studying the aging brain and disorders of cognitive function. These visits often involve financial compensation. Call Sarah Hoefs at 214-648-0563. Click here for more information about TARCC.

The LOAD study originally began enrolling subjects in 2002, with more than 500 subjects enrolled through UT Southwestern! A new grant based on previous findings from that study is offering a phone follow-up contact for subjects from the first study as well as enrolling new subjects. The goal of this national study is to expand upon the scope of information/data gathered from subjects already enrolled in the first phase of LOAD as well as to enroll new large families (with three or more living siblings age 60 or older) diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The focus is to learn more about the genetic, environmental, and health risks that may contribute to the development of AD. For all subjects previously enrolled in the LOAD study, the coordinator will call each person for phone follow-up only. New subjects from previously participating families who are now age 60 or older may also enroll in this study. Call Barb Davis at 214-648-9367.