Alzheimer’s disease affects roughly 6 million Americans and more than 30 million people worldwide, so large-scale studies looking for effective prevention strategies are needed. And the people who take part in those studies are essential.

The Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorder Center at Baylor College of Medicine has now begun developing a registry of people in the Houston area who might be interested in participating in future Alzheimer’s disease prevention research.

Prevention strategies

"Progress continues in developing treatments to change the course of Alzheimer’s disease once the symptoms are present," said Dr. Rachelle Doody, director of the ADMDC and professor of neurology at BCM. "However, it is time to start exploring some promising prevention strategies. These need to be tested in large-scale studies involving thousands of people."

The prevention methods include pharmaceutical interventions, identification of gene combinations that can predict who is at risk as well as lifestyle changes.

Registry criteria

The registry is in search of volunteers 65 years and older, male and female, who do not have Alzheimer’s or other memory problems. Locally more than 3,000 volunteers are needed.

"They will be a critical resource in the effort to find effective ways to prevent Alzheimer’s," Doody said. "Since so many people are affected by this disease, it is by necessity that research involves a large and healthy population to help lay the groundwork for the evaluation of a treatment that could delay or prevent the devastating memory disorder."

For more information about this study contact Lilly Carreon at (713) 798-5452.

The registry project is funded by Takeda Global Services.