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Dementia clinical trials at UCSF
9 in progress, 4 open to eligible people

  • Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL)

    open to eligible people ages 18-85

    Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (FTLD) is the neuropathological term for a collection of rare neurodegenerative diseases that correspond to four main overlapping clinical syndromes: frontotemporal dementia (FTD), primary progressive aphasia (PPA), corticobasal degeneration syndrome (CBS) and progressive supranuclear palsy syndrome (PSPS). The goal of this study is to build a FTLD clinical research consortium to support the development of FTLD therapies for new clinical trials. The consortium, referred to as Advancing Research and Treatment for Frontotemporal Lobar Degeneration (ARTFL), will be headquartered at UCSF and will partner with six patient advocacy groups to manage the consortium. Participants will be evaluated at 14 clinical sites throughout North America and a genetics core will genotype all individuals for FTLD associated genes.

    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

  • Intranasal Oxytocin for Frontotemporal Dementia

    open to eligible people ages 30-80

    The purpose of this study is to assess the safety, tolerability and effects on behaviour of Syntocinon given intranasally (by a spray into the nostrils) compared to placebo (an inactive saline substance that contains no medication) in participants with frontotemporal dementia/Pick's disease. This study will take place in approximately 15 centres across Canada and the United States. Approximately 112 patients in total will be enrolled in this study. In the first phase we will examine which of three different dosing schedules of oxytocin may be more effective. In the second phase of the study, patients entering the study will be randomized to the oxytocin dosing schedule that appeared most effective in the first phase.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Longitudinal Evaluation of Familial Frontotemporal Dementia Subjects

    open to eligible people ages 18-90

    This study is being done to learn more about normal thinking and behavior, mild thinking and behavior problems, Frontotemporal Dementia and other forms of dementia in families in which one or more relatives have a mutation associated with Frontotemporal Dementia.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • A First in Human Study in Healthy Volunteers and in Participants With Frontotemporal Dementia With Granulin Mutation

    Sorry, not currently recruiting here

    A first in human phase 1 study in healthy volunteers and participants with Granulin mutation causative of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) to assess AL001 safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacodynamics

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • A Study to Evaluate Safety of Long-term AL001 Dosing in FTD Patients

    Sorry, not yet accepting patients

    A Phase 2 open label study evaluating the safety, tolerability, PK and PD of AL001 in participants with a Granulin mutation or C9orf72 mutation causative of frontotemporal dementia.

    San Francisco, California and other locations

  • Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers

    Sorry, in progress, not accepting new patients

    Life Enhancing Activities for Family Caregivers is a six-week program designed to increase positive affect in people who care for a family member with dementia. The intervention consists of 6 weekly one-hour sessions conducted one-on-one with a trained facilitator to teach simple skills that are practiced at home in a study-supplied workbook. The program is preceded and followed by a 30-45 minute questionnaire. Follow-up assessments will be conducted at 1-month, 3-months, and 6-months post intervention. Primary hypothesis is that experimental subjects who participate in LEAF will demonstrate significantly greater improvements in psychological outcomes and will engage in more problem focused and positive appraisal forms of coping compared to the wait-list control condition.

    San Francisco, California

  • 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

  • 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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