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RI Hospital to aid in Alzheimer’s research

May 31, 2011

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital are recruiting participants between the ages of 55 and 90 to participate in a national study to identify the early warnings signs of Alzheimer’s Disease.

The research is the next stage of an earlier National Institutes of Health Study that examined small changes in the brain that occur long before any outward symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

Researchers hope that the data will help them not only identify Alzheimer patients earlier but develop better ways to test treatments for the disease.

The five year study involves around 55 sites across the country and aims to recruit more than 550 people.

If you sign up for the study, be prepared for brain scans, “clinical and cognitive testing,” blood tests, and a spinal tap to “measure cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers.”

Still interested? Esther Oden is the research coordinator at RI Hospital for this study.  You can reach her at 401-444-7691.

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