The Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center is recruiting individuals over the age of 50 to participate in studies investigating early drivers of Alzheimer’s disease.
Founded in 2012 by Angela Jefferson, Ph.D., professor of neurology and founder of the Vanderbilt Center for Memory and Alzheimer’s, the Vanderbilt Memory and Aging Project is a long-term study of the relationship between heart health and brain health. It is one of the first studies to study relationships.
This is not just a professional passion for me, it is also a very personal one. I know multiple families are affected by Alzheimer’s disease. I know how complicated this disease can be and how frustrating and helpless it can be. ”
Dr. Angela Jefferson, Professor of Neurology, Founder of the Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center
The Vanderbilt Memory and Alzheimer’s Center must enroll at least 1,000 people over the age of 50. People of color in particular are disproportionately affected and have historically been underrepresented in research. Jefferson and her colleagues hope that if the underlying causes of Alzheimer’s disease are identified and targeted for early treatment, Alzheimer’s disease could become a preventable disease in the future.
Study participants are required to come to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee every two years for follow-up. Individuals of underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds are strongly encouraged to volunteer.
To join, you can visit https://www.vumc.org/vmac/joinstudy and complete an interest survey or call the recruitment line at 615-875-3175.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center