Clinical trials and studies are an important part of developing new research, and serve to test new interventions or treatments. Because of the large amount of individuals that have generously taken part in research studies, scientists have made substantial progress in their understanding of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD). Even more, without the involvement of diverse participants such as dementia patients, caregivers, and healthy volunteers, many major medical advancements would not have been achievable.
By joining a clinical study or trial, you could possibly help researchers find new approaches to treat, diagnose, and prevent ADRD. You might also:
- Get medical attention and novel therapies that have not been made available to the general public
- Learn more about your illness and its treatment
- Obtain resources like educational materials and support groups
- Learn more about clinical research and how you may contribute to the search for novel therapies and preventative measures for ADRD
Participants for studies must reflect a wide range of racial and ethnic backgrounds, genders, regions, and sexual orientations. This is so researchers can better understand how different groups are impacted by dementia, why some communities are disproportionately afflicted by particular dementias, and which therapies may be most successful in certain populations by including a varied population in their studies.
If you feel that you may be a good fit to participate in a clinical study or trial involving ADRD, feel free to check out the resources below to find out more about Alzheimer’s Disease Research Centers and what their purposes are, and how to find a clinical trial near you to participate in, either in-person or online.