Clinical trials are designed to test the safety and effectiveness of new drug treatments in humans. It is here that many of the most revolutionary discoveries regarding the understanding and treatment of the disease occurs. But to make these meaningful strides towards understanding the disease, scientists need the help of people actually suffering from Alzheimer’s.
The choice to participate in a clinical trial is a deeply personal one which affects not only the patient, but also a wide reaching network of friends, loved ones, and medical staff. Patients and their caregivers often have many questions about what a clinical trial would entail, and this helpful list of Frequently Asked Questions by alzinfo.org can help address some concerns about trials in general.
If patients decided they would like to participate in a trial, a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials can be found through ClinicalTrials.gov,. The website is maintained by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). It provides information about the trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.