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Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Memory Disorders

Featured Studies

Featured studies include only those currently recruiting participants. Studies with the most recent start date appear first.

  • A D1 Agonist For Working Memory
    Study Type: Interventional
    Start Date: April 1, 2013
    Location: New York, New York
    Eligibility: Ages 18–65, Accepts Healthy Volunteers

    The purpose of the study is to examine the effects of the administration of a drug called DAR-0100A on attention and memory in persons with schizotypal personality disorder (SPD). DAR-0100A has not been FDA approved, however in recent studies has been used to treat cognitive deficits, meaning problems in the way you organize your thinking, in people diagnosed with schizophrenia.

    Many people who carry a diagnosis of schizotypal personality disorder have trouble with attention and memory. Increasing the presence of a brain chemical called dopamine has been found to help people with schizophrenia with their attention and memory problems. This study will investigate whether the same is true for people with schizotypal personality disorder by using DAR-0100A, a drug that has been shown to help with the cognitive deficits of people with Parkinson's disease by increasing dopamine effects. Information collected in this experiment may lead to a better understanding of the brain mechanisms involved in schizotypal personality disorder and improve treatments for the psychological problems associated with this condition.

  • Home-delivered Intervention for Depressed, Cognitively Impaired Elders
    Study Type: Interventional
    Start Date: April 1, 2011
    Locations: New York City, New York; White Plains, New York
    Eligibility: Ages 65 and Older, Does Not Accept Healthy Volunteers

    Among older adults the combination of depression, cognitive impairment (memory problems), and disability contribute to a worsening of physical and mental health and to poor treatment outcomes. Antidepressants help fewer than 40% of depressed elders with memory problems achieve remission from their depression. Interventions involving talking therapy are underdeveloped and understudied. Therefore, this research study will test the efficacy of Problem Adaptation Therapy (PATH), a new home-delivered psychosocial intervention for elders with major depression, memory problems, and disability. PATH focuses on the subject's "ecosystem" (the patient, the caregiver, and the home-environment) and targets behavioral problems related to both depression and disability.

    PATH is delivered in a subject's home, where cognitively impaired, disabled elders face most of their difficulties. Local Home Delivered Meals programs will refer clients who have symptoms of depression and are interested in research. All participants will have an available caregiver (family, significant other, or professional) and will be randomized to 12 weekly sessions of PATH or Supportive Therapy, the current standard of care for talking therapy. The study will test whether home-delivered PATH is more effective than home-delivered Supportive Therapy in reducing the subjects' depression and disability and in increasing self-efficacy over the 12-week treatment period.