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Can patients take part in clinical trials for Alzheimer’s disease?

Dr. Larry Lawhorne discusses how patients can take part in clinical trials. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


There are a lot of studies going on now. If you go to the Alzheimer’s Association website, you can see a list of clinical trials. You can enter your profile there and they will match you with trials that you might qualify for. There are a lot of opportunities with clinical trials for people who are early in the disease or younger in age.

Different clinical trials have different criteria for entry. Clinical trials that are very interested in the hereditary aspects of Alzheimer's disease may want to do chromosomal studies and gene studies as part of the qualifications, but it’s going to vary from trial to trial. 

    Source: Larry Lawhorne, MD, Wright State Physicians; National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer’s Association