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Alzheimer's research project seeks volunteers

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 26, 2010

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The Alzheimer's Assn. launched an online program called TrialMatch to help match Alzheimer's or dementia patients and other volunteers with clinical trials aimed at finding a cure for the disease.

The organization said at least 500,000 volunteers, both with and without Alzheimer's disease, are needed for more than 100 trials and studies in the U.S. and Canada. To reach that goal, at least 1 million potential volunteers will need to be screened. The organization said lack of awareness for trials, which made it difficult to find participants, has led to stalled research.

The match service can be used by both Alzheimer's patients or dementia sufferers as well as healthy individuals to be used as controls (link).

Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2010/07/26/bibf0726.htm.

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