Research 2018-04-11T14:05:51+00:00

Research

Alzheimer’s Texas* is dedicated to encouraging and supporting research through our partnerships with the DKR Alzheimer’s Research Fund and the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium and others.

We also support the work of UsAgainstAlzheimer's.  Join the A-List 1000, the 1st on-line club partnering with researchers for a cure.

The Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer's Disease represents the pinnacle of commitment to excellence in Research and Care for Texans to attempt to cure Alzheimer's disease (AD) in our lifetimes, to expand research into Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), and to expand the paradigms of care and access for Texans, enabling exposure to preventative care and treatment strategies aimed at combating the epidemic of AD. Alzheimer’s Texas* was the recipient of the Edith Royal Caregiver Grant in 2014 to fund education and support programs.

Learn more at: http://www.dkrfund.org

The Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC) is a collaboration between six of the state’s leading medical research institutions to improve early diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

Learn more at: http://www.txalzresearch.org

Clinical Trial Opportunities

  • NightRest: “Nighttime Agitation and Restless Legs Syndrome in People With Alzheimer’s Disease” –  Nighttime agitation (“sundowning”) in people with Alzheimer’s disease causes suffering, distresses caregivers, and often results in prescriptions for harmful antipsychotics. This research study aims to help adults with sleep and nighttime behavior problems. The study involves identifying an often-unrecognized sleep disorder that may be causing suffering in silence and nighttime discomfort. If you qualify for the study, you will be randomly assigned (like the toss of a coin) to receive an inactive pill or an FDA-approved medication, gabapentin enacarbil (Horizant®), for 8 weeks. The research will be conducted at senior living and home settings in the Austin area. The NightRest study is conducted by Dr. Kathy Richards at the School of Nursing at The University of Texas at Austin. It is supported by the National Institute on Aging of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number R01AG051588. Please contact our study staff at 512-475-7505 or NARLS@utexas.edu to discuss how you can participate.
  • The University of Texas at Austin – Research Studies on Cognitive Enhancement Using Low-Level Light Therapy.
    • The University of Texas is recruiting participants 45 years and older for a study that takes place over 10-12 weeks (total of 12 hours: two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans, a full battery of neuropsychological and cognitive assessments, some minor blood work, computer tasks, and six weekly laser sessions). We offer a $200 stipend and paid parking on campus. If interested in this study, please email neurolab.ut@gmail.com or call (512) 471-7926.
    • The University of Texas is also recruiting participants 18 years and older for a study that takes place over 6 weeks (7 hours total: a set of neuropsychological assessments, a medical questionnaire, computer tasks, and 5 weekly laser sessions). We offer paid parking on campus, but no separate stipend for participation. If interested in this study, please email cognitivelaserstudy@gmail.com or call (512) 593-8370.
      • Both research studies are sponsored by the Darrell K Royal Research Fund for Alzheimer’s Disease, the National Institute for Aging, and the Oskar Fischer Fund.
  • The five medical research institutions participating in the Texas Alzheimer's Research Consortium are currently recruiting persons age 50 or older with probable Alzheimer's disease to participate in TARCC research studies into Alzheimer's onset and progression. The TARCC also is recruiting adults with healthy cognition to serve as a research "control" group. For more information about how to participate in the Consortium's Alzheimer's research studies, please contact the Project Coordinator at one of the following medical research institutions.

Baylor College of Medicine
Baylor College of Medicine, Houston
Tracey Evans Dawson
TARCC Project Coordinator
713.798.4735
tevans@bcm.tmc.edu

University of North Texas Health Science Center
University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort Worth
Lisa Alvarez
TARCC Project Coordinator
817.735.0275
lisa.alvarez@unthsc.edu

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical CenterThe University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas                                                                 
Sarah Brisebois                                                               
Research Study Coordinator 
214.648.9331
Sarah.Brisebois@UTSouthwestern.edu

 Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock
Vicki Perez, CRC
TARCC Project Coordinator
806.743.5604
vicki.g.perez@ttuhsc.edu

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
Marsha Polk
TARC Project Coordinator
210.567.1236
polk@uthscsa.edu

Visit www.clinicaltrials.gov for a complete listing of opportunities in your area.