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Impaired Cognition clinical trials at UCSF
2 in progress, 1 open to new patients

  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Older Adults With HIV Associated Neurocognitive Disorders

    open to eligible people ages 60 years and up

    The purpose of this study is to determine the efficacy of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to alleviate stress, anxiety, and depressive symptoms, and improve attention among patients aged 60 or older who suffer from HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders (HAND) and have maximized treatment options.

    San Francisco, California

  • The MENDSII Study, Maximizing the Efficacy of Sedation and Reducing Neurological Dysfunction and Mortality in Septic Patients With Acute Respiratory Failure

    Sorry, accepting new patients

    Ventilated ICU patients frequently have sepsis and the majority have delirium, a form of brain dysfunction that is an independent predictor of increased risk of dying, length of stay, costs, and prolonged cognitive impairment in survivors. Universally prescribed sedative medications—the GABA-ergic benzodiazepines—worsen this brain organ dysfunction. The available alternative sedation regimens, the shorter acting GABA-ergic propofol, and the alpha2 agonist, dexmedetomidine, have both been shown to be superior to benzodiazepines, and yet are different with regard to their effects on innate immunity, bacterial clearance, apoptosis, cognition and delirium. The MENDS II study will compare propofol and dexmedetomidine, and determine the best sedative medication to reduce delirium and improve survival and long-term brain function in our most vulnerable patients— the ventilated septic patient.

    San Francisco, California and other locations