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Questions & Answers About Clinical Trials

General eligibility requirements for clinical studies include:

  • Diagnosis of mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease.
  • Good general medical health.
  • Having a study partner - a friend or relative who can accompany the study participant to all study visits and answer questions about him/her.

Location of clinical studies

The UCLA ADC conducts clinical studies through the Katherine & Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer Disease Treatment Development Program located on the UCLA campus in Westwood.

What are clinical studies?

  • Clinical studies are medical research studies that seek to answer specific questions about new therapies or new ways to use existing therapies. They may involve medication or some other kind of intervention, such as education or exercise.
  • Clinical studies are the primary way that researchers/scientists/physicians find out if a promising treatment is safe and effective for patients or if some treatments are more effective than others.
  • Clinical studies are typically performed AFTER years of laboratory research and animal testing .

Why participate in a clinical study?

  • Have regular contact with the research team.
  • Receive state-of-the-art care and talk with experts who have practical experience.
  • Find new ways to cope with present challenges.
  • Learn new insights into what to expect in the future.
  • Make valuable contributions to the knowledge that will help future patients.

Are there risks involved in participating in a clinical study?

New medications may have risks that are unknown. The research team will explain all known risks of participating in a clinical study and will answer all questions about the study.

Is there any compensation for participating in a clinical study?

Compensation varies depending on the type of research study and how long the study lasts.

What is a placebo?

Placebos are inactive pills made to look like the study medication used in the clinical study. Placebos allow the research team to learn whether the treatment being given works better than ordinary treatment.

How to enroll in a clinical trial?

Please call (310) 794-6039 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to participate.