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Alzheimer's Disease clinical trials at UCSF
20 in progress, 8 open to eligible people

  • A Study of Brain Aging in Vietnam War Veterans

    open to eligible people ages 50-90

    Traumatic brain injury (TBI) and post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are common combat related problems and may be associated with a greater risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The purpose of this study is to examine the possible connections between TBI and PTSD, and the signs and symptoms of AD on Veterans as they age. The information collected will help to learn more about how these injuries may affect Veterans of the Vietnam War as they grow older, as well as Veterans of the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, who also have these types of combat related injuries.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • A Study of LY3303560 in Participants With Early Symptomatic Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 60-85

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of a study drug that targets an abnormal protein in the brain found in people with Alzheimer's Disease (AD).

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 3 (ADNI3) Protocol

    open to eligible people ages 55-90

    Since its launch in 2004, the overarching aim of the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) has been realized in informing the design of therapeutic trials in AD. ADNI3 continues the previously funded ADNI-1, ADNI-GO, and ADNI-2 studies that have been combined public/private collaborations between academia and industry to determine the relationships between the clinical, cognitive, imaging, genetic and biochemical biomarker characteristics of the entire spectrum of Alzheimer's disease (AD). The overall goal of the study is to continue to discover, optimize, standardize, and validate clinical trial measures and biomarkers used in AD research.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Impact of Photobiomodulation (PBM) on Biomarkers of Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 50 years and up

    Photobiomodulation (PBM) describes the use of near-infrared light (which is not visible to the eye) to heal and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying. Research suggests that the light delivered during PBM enhances the body's biochemical ability to store and use energy and increase blood flow, which triggers the body's natural healing processes. The goal of this study is to determine if PBM administered transcranially (through the scalp and skull) and intranasally (inside the nose) has an effect on cognitive function and behavioral symptoms in people with Alzheimer's disease (AD). The study will also examine whether PBM has an effect on biomarkers of AD in the blood and spinal fluid of patients with AD. A biomarker is a specific physical trait used to measure the progress of a disease or condition.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • In-Home Technology for Dementia Caregivers

    open to eligible people ages 18 years and up

    This study aims to develop and evaluate in-home assistive technology that is designed to alleviate anxiety, burden, and loneliness in spousal and familial caregivers of individuals with Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia.

    Berkeley, California

  • Living Alone in Old Age With Cognitive Impairment

    open to eligible people ages 55 years and up

    The purpose of this study is to better understand the experience of living alone in older age with cognitive impairment. We recruit adults 55+ living alone with cognitive impairment such as Alzheimer's disease or mild cognitive impairment. This study investigates the priorities and concerns of older adults living alone with cognitive impairment. Participants are interviewed 5 times for one hour in their homes within 3 months at a time that works for them.

    San Francisco, California

  • Longitudinal Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease Study Protocol

    open to eligible people ages 40-64

    The Longitudinal Early-onset Alzheimer's Disease Study (LEADS) is a non-randomized, natural history, non-treatment study designed to look at disease progression in individuals with early onset cognitive impairment . Clinical/cognitive, imaging, biomarker, and genetic characteristics will be assessed across three cohorts: (1) early onset Alzheimer's Disease (EOAD) participants, (2) early onset non-Alzheimer's Disease (EO-nonAD) participants,and (3) cognitively normal (CN) control participants.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Salsalate in Patients Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease

    open to eligible people ages 50-85

    The purpose of the study is to test the safety and tolerability of twice daily Salsalate in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer's Disease. Half of the participants will receive Salsalate and half will receive placebo during the 1-year duration of the study.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • 221AD301 Phase 3 Study of Aducanumab (BIIB037) in Early Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The primary objective of the study is to evaluate the efficacy of monthly doses of aducanumab in slowing cognitive and functional impairment as measured by changes in the Clinical Dementia Rating-Sum of Boxes (CDR-SB) score as compared with placebo in participants with early AD. Secondary objectives are to assess the effect of monthly doses of aducanumab as compared with placebo on clinical progression as measured by Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), AD Assessment Scale-Cognitive Subscale (13 items) [ADAS-Cog 13], and AD Cooperative Study-Activities of Daily Living Inventory (Mild Cognitive Impairment version) [ADCS-ADL-MCI]. Study was discontinued based on futility analysis done and not based on safety concerns. Follow-up visits and closing out study activities in progress.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • A Safety, Tolerability, Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics and Preliminary Efficacy Study of TPI-287 in Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The purpose of the study is to determine the highest dose of TPI-287 that is safe and tolerable when administered as an intravenous infusion to participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease (AD), to measure pharmacokinetic properties of the drug as well as to gauge preliminary efficacy of TPI-287 on disease progression.

    San Francisco, California

  • A Study of Crenezumab in Participants With Mild to Moderate Alzheimer Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel-arm study will evaluate the safety and tolerability of at least two dose levels of intravenous (IV) crenezumab in 24-72 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer disease (AD) (mini-mental state examination [MMSE] 18 to 28 points, inclusive). An optional open-label extension (OLE) will be offered after the completion of initial double-blind stage.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • A Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of ABBV-8E12 in Subjects With Early Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    This study seeks to evaluate the efficacy and safety of ABBV-8E12 in subjects with Early Alzheimer's Disease.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative 2

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    The purpose of this study is to build upon the information obtained in the original Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI1) and ADNI-GO (Grand Opportunity; a study funded through an NIH grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), to examine how brain imaging technology can be used with other tests to measure the progression of mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early Alzheimer's disease (AD). ADNI2 seeks to inform the neuroscience of AD. This information will aid in the early detection of AD, and in measuring the effectiveness of treatments in future clinical trials.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • An Extension Study of ABBV-8E12 in Early Alzheimer's Disease (AD)

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    The purpose of this study is to assess the long-term safety and tolerability of ABBV-8E12 in subjects with early AD.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • An Open-Label Crenezumab Study in Patients With Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    In the BN40031 OLE study, a dose of crenezumab of 60 mg/kg IV Q4W will be offered to all patients who complete Study BN29552 or BN29553 and who meet eligibility criteria in order to evaluate safety in patients on long-term crenezumab treatment and to investigate the effect of crenezumab on the underlying disease process and disease course as an exploratory efficacy objective.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Levetiracetam for Alzheimer's Disease-Associated Network Hyperexcitability

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    Patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) can have seizures in addition to losing their memory and other mental functions (referred to as cognitive functions). The seizures, and other examples of overactive electrical activity in the brain that is not noticeable, contribute to the loss of cognitive function. Studies in animal models of AD suggest that a drug that prevents seizures called levetiracetam may reduce neuronal over-excitation and improve cognition. Based on this evidence, the investigators propose to determine if levetiracetam can be used to treat patients with AD. The investigators developed novel instruments for this population that will also be used in future large-scale clinical trials. The current study will last for 12 weeks and will involve people with AD. Participants will be initially examined with an overnight brain wave study to assess for silent epileptic (seizure-like) activity. Presence of epileptic activity on the screening exam is not required to enter the trial. Participants will then be assigned to groups in a randomized manner. One group will receive levetiracetam for 4 weeks, then no drug for 4 weeks, and then placebo for 4 weeks. For another group, the order of treatments will be reversed. The cognitive abilities of participants will be retested every 4 weeks and compared to those at the beginning. The cognitive tests include a virtual-reality navigation test of memory and computerized tests of mental flexibility and problem solving. The participants will be monitored with a magnetoencephalogram (MEG) with simultaneous EEG (M/EEG) at each visit. M/EEG is a highly effective non-invasive method for identifying brain regions of epileptic activity. The investigators will need to recruit 36 randomized participants to test the study hypotheses. This study will take place at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the University of Minnesota.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Napping, Sleep, Cognitive Decline and Risk of Alzheimer's Disease

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    This study aimed to pilot test a non-pharmacological (behavioral) treatment program targeting improved cognition through improving 24-h sleep-wake cycle in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or mild Alzheimer's disease. A treatment program incorporating bright light therapy and a modified cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia will be developed to address 24-hour patterns of sleep. We will then pilot test its feasibility and explore its preliminary effects on improving sleep/napping and cognition in patients with MCI or mild Alzheimer's disease.

  • Photobiomodulation for Improving Brain Function in Dementia (PBM Dementia)

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    A recent study (Saltmarche et al., 21017) examined the effects of photobiomodulation (PBM), a kind of light therapy that uses red or near-infrared light to heal and protect tissue that has either been injured, is degenerating, or else is at risk of dying, in 5 older adults with dementia. After 12 weeks of PBM treatments, delivered with a commercially available, wearable device, the patients with mild to moderately severe dementia showed improvements on the Mini-mental State Exam (MMSE, p<0.003) and Alzheimer's Disease Assessment Scale-cognitive, ADAS-cog, p<0.03). The caregivers, who kept daily journals of their experiences during the 12 weeks of PBM treatment, reported better sleep, fewer angry outbursts, decreased anxiety and wandering in their loved-ones with dementia. The goals of this trial are to: (1) replicate this finding in a larger group of individuals with dementia and (2) to examine the underling brain mechanisms behind the changes in cognitive function.

    San Francisco, California

  • Tau Imaging With JNJ067

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    This protocol is designed to assess the utility of a new positron emission tomography (PET) radiopharmaceutical to image tau, [18F] JNJ067, invented by Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson. To date, the radiopharmaceutical has been used in a small group of patients and controls (<20). The study plans to expand the range and number of subjects, to examine a total of 18 participants including controls and patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) and other dementias. All patients will be recruited from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Memory and Aging Center (MAC) and controls will be recruited from the University of California, Berkeley Aging Cohort Study (BACS). Patients will undergo a multidisciplinary clinical evaluation for diagnosis and a cognitive assessment at the MAC; controls will undergo the usual BACS cognitive assessment performed on the Berkeley campus. Following these evaluations UCSF subjects will undergo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanning at the UCSF Neuroimaging Center and blood sampling for genetic testing also at UCSF, and BACS subjects will undergo an MRI at the University of California Berkeley 3T Brain Imaging Center (in Li Ka Shing hall on the Berkeley campus) and blood sampling for genetic testing at the time of the PET scan. All subjects will come to Lawrence Berkeley National Law (LBNL) where they will have, on the same day, a C-11 Pittsburgh compound B (PIB) PET scan to measure brain amyloid, and an F-18 JNJ067 PET scan to measure brain tau. These scans will be examined and analyzed by LBNL staff, and data will be processed to examine basic questions about the quantitative behavior of JNJ067. Scan results will not be returned to control subjects, but physicians at UCSF will receive scan results on MAC patients and will share results with participants. As part of this protocol, the investigators also plan to share the acquired data widely. All data will be de-identified. Data will be shared with the inventors (Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) as well as other scientists worldwide. As this is a new radio tracer, the investigators anticipate that there will be interest in seeing the actual data to answer questions about uptake and application of the method in future studies in many different laboratories. Shared data will include PET scans, MRI scans, genetic testing, and neuropsychological results.

  • The Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS)

    Sorry, accepting new patients by invitation only

    To assess effects of menopausal hormone therapy and normal aging on cognitive performance and imaging markers of brain structure in women approximately thirteen years after enrolling in the KEEPS trial. KEEPS participants were randomized to oral or transdermal estrogen treatments or placebo within three years of menopause. This is a follow up study of these women approximately thirteen years after randomization (9 years after study completion.) No treatments are given as part of this study; any current hormonal treatments are by choice and prescribed by the participant's personal physician.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

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