Studies seeking participants

Below is a list of Alzheimer's Society funded projects that are currently seeking participants.

There are many more studies available on the Join Dementia Research service, which matches people interested taking part in dementia research with suitable studies. To find out more, visit our webpage on Join Dementia Research, or go to www.joindementiaresearch.nihr.ac.uk. Alternatively you can call our helpline on 0300 222 11 22 and you will be able to arrange an appointment with our trained advisors will take you through the sign up process.

Clinical trials

Evaluating liraglutide in Alzheimer's disease

This trial is finding out whether the diabetes drug Liraglutide could have benefits for people in early-stage Alzheimer's disease. The trial is looking for people in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease, and who don't have diabetes, to take part. To find out more, please contact the researchers at memory@imperial.ac.uk or call them on 0208 383 3704.

 

The PASTIS trial: Finding out whether tadalafil has the potential to treat a common cause of vascular dementia

This trial is finding out whether the drug tadalafil, already licensed for use in erectile dysfunction, can improve blood flow to the brain in people with small vessel disease. This may have the potential to treat a condition that can lead to vascular dementia. The trial is taking place at St George's University Hospital, South West London.

Please see our webpage on the study for eligibilty criteria and how you can contact the researchers

 

Non-clinical studies for people with dementia

 

Dementia in the Emergency department

Alzheimer's Society is funding a study to better understand the experience of people with dementia who have been admitted to hospital. This study is a PhD project that forms part of the Bradford Doctoral Training Centre

The study involves filling in a survey about your experiences, which will take about 15 minutes to complete. 

You can take part if you are living with dementia and have been to hospital (either Accident and Emergency or a Minor Injuries Unit) in the last two years. The survey can also be filled in by carers. 

  • Read the Participant Information sheet and take part in the survey here.

The survey closes on 1 June.

TIHM for dementia

The TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for dementia study is trialling the use of technology to help clinicians and healthcare professionals to monitor people's well-being remotely. The technology would allow the clinical teams to take appropriate action if any alerts are raised.  The aim of the study is to show how this type of monitoring using the technological devices installed into the homes of participants may help to keep people living with dementia at home for longer and reduce hospital stays.  The study will also evaluate the impact on carers.  

The study is only open to people living in Surrey or NE Hants at this time.  To take part, you need a confirmed diagnosis of mild or moderate dementia - this will be confirmed by an MMSE test as part of the study. Participants will need to be living independently (not in assisted housing or care homes) and they must have a carer who is also willing to sign up to the study although they do not need to be a live-in carer.  

Participants will take part in the trial for a 6 month period. 

To express your interest in this study, please fill in the form on the website.

If you would like to talk to someone about the study, please  call 01932 722247 or email tihm@sabp.nhs.uk

Studies recruiting carers

Caring for Me and You

This study is finding out whether online access to therapy and support can help carers of people with dementia cope with feelings such as anxiety and stress. 

To take part in the trial, you need to be currently caring for someone with dementia (including if they are in a care home) and are experiencing mild anxiety or depression. People who are already receiving professional mental health support are not eligible. You will need to have access to an internet-enabled PC or laptop.

 

Caregiving HOPE

We are funding a study that is investigating how willingness and obligation to care for someone with dementia affects the carer over time.

The researchers would like people who are caring for someone affected by dementia to fill in a short questionnaire three times over 12 months. There are also opportunities for some carers to be involved in more in-depth interviews.

The results of this project will help us to understand how to prepare people as much as possible for taking on a caring role. 

 

Genetics studies

100,000 Genomes

This study is aiming to understand more about the genetics of dementia. The researchers are looking for people with a diagnosis of dementia that was made before the person was 60 years old, or people who have dementia and had or have a close relative (parent, grandparent or sibling) with the same type of dementia. 

 

Thank you for your interest in helping with important research. If you have any questions please contact us at research@alzheimers.org.uk