New Drug Gives Hope For Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease
Featured on the news last week was an article that gives hope that a new treatment for Alzheimer's disease may be on the horizon. The drug that is being investigated, Aducanumab, is still in the early stages of development but has shown positive effects on memory testing in the study participants so far. The drug works by reducing the build-up of Amyloid, a type of protein in the brain which has shown to be a risk factor for developing Alzheimer's, although the relationship between this is not yet fully understood.
SHARE has assisted in many research studies into Alzheimer's and Dementia. From working as a recruiter in the clinics speaking to patients on a daily basis, this is one of the diseases that most people are concerned about and are very keen to assist in related research studies. One of the projects that we will be working on in the SHARE office is an observational study to gain better understanding into the cognitive and functional changes over time in healthy brain ageing and progression to dementia. To do this we are recruiting a group of participants who have confirmation of the protein Amyloid detected in their brain and an equal number of participants who do not.
This substudy is part of a much larger study that is taking place in London and is set to involve more than 1200 participants. The researchers want to recruit people that are aged between 60-85 years and have no family history or diagnosis of dementia. Researchers will be observing which measures of cognition, memory, thinking, problem solving and everyday function best predict the worsening of memory and thinking abilities. Such changes may result in a condition of "Mild Cognitive Impairment due to Alzheimer's disease" in those who have increased amyloid in their brains.
Without research we would not have the possibility of new treatments and cures for diseases such as Alzheimer's. Research projects, such as the one detailed in this article, need a range of willing volunteers to help progress our understanding of the pathophysiology of disease and how we can treat them. To help play your part and assist in health research then please make sure you register for SHARE today. It takes less than a minute to do yet the benefits may be felt for generations to come.