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Clinical research studies can be a great opportunity for people to receive medical services at no cost and to learn more about their medical condition. When you volunteer for medical research studies, in most cases, you are compensated for your time and travel commitments in the form of a stipend.

Our Promise to our Patients

At Brain Matters Research we are committed to ensuring that each patient visiting our facility has access to the latest investigational therapies in a comfortable, caring, confidential setting. Patient safety and well-being is our primary goal. As a team, our approach to patients, caregivers and families is personalized. We work together to provide innovative treatments that comply with all FDA and Good Clinical Practice guidelines. Whether a patient, family member, caregiver or volunteer, you become a part of Brain Matters Research and its mission.

What to Expect at Your First Visit

Your initial visit is a straightforward and safe evaluation that checks memory and other thinking skills. You will be asked questions regarding your memory, thinking, mood, lifestyle, education, as well as a very detailed history of your past and current health conditions and medications. If you are currently taking medications, it’s a good idea to bring a list with the current dosing. We will also request that you sign a medical record release form in case additional medical records are needed for clarification. At your appointment, the person with memory loss must be accompanied by a family member or friend. Initial visits are scheduled for 90 minutes, and may actually take longer if, after consultation with the physicians, a consensus is reached that:
  • You are a good candidate for aclinicaltrialand we are able to begin the process that day, or
  • Additional procedures/testing is indicated.
Depending on the situation, this could include:
  • A physical and neurological examination, along with additional cognitive tests that provide further information about memory and thinking abilities.
  • Labwork to evaluate overall health, with attention to thyroid and nutritional deficiencies.
  • Brain imaging using a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT) scan. Additional neuropsychological testing, or positron emission tomography (PET) scan could also be ordered.
  • Genetic testing is typically not used to diagnose Alzheimer’s.
The goal of your first visit is to determine:
  • Is memory loss present?
  • If yes, what are the possible causes?
  • Are the symptoms and reported history consistent with what we know about Alzheimer’s?
Once the exam, lab and imaging results are completed and reviewed, the physician will make a more specific diagnosis. A treatment plan will be identified, discussed and communicated with the patient, family member and primary care physician or other health care provider.

The Benefits to our Patients

  • Patients gain access to cutting edge treatments, and a professional team of experts who are invested in their well-being.
  • Patients are examined and treated by expert physicians and researchers in the field of Alzheimer’s Disease who have their fingers on the pulse of the latest developments in treatments and therapies.
  • Patients receive initial assessments, memory testing and examination at no cost.
  • Patients participating in clinical trials receive all treatments, procedures, MRIs, PET scans, blood work, memory testing and any other protocol required at no cost.
  • Patients have access to the latest findings on disease modifying or disease improving medications that are currently being researched.
  • Patients, caregiver and families all have open access to the resources we offer, including education, lecture series, caregiver support groups, social activities, respite opportunities, and more.