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University of Pennsylvania Alzheimers Disease Center
Our Research Diagnostic and Treatment Services The University of Pennsylvania Alzheimer’s Disease Center and Penn Memory Center conduct several distinct types of research studies related to dementia, and specifically Alzheimer’s disease. These include :
  • Treatment Studies - also called clinical trials, which examine the effectiveness and safety of new medications, vitamins, or compounds
  • Diagnostic Studies - where technologies such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) are utilized, and samples of blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid are examined to better understand the physiological changes that occur over time with Alzheimer’s disease
  • Genetic Studies - where through interviews regarding family history and examination of blood or other biological samples, we seek to better identify the role of genes and inheritance in altering the risk for dementia
  • Ethics & Medical Decision Making Studies - aimed at better understanding how patients and caregivers make decisions about dementia care, and participating in research
  • Instrument Validation Studies - creating a scientific basis for the use of tests measuring cognition, capacity, quality of life


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