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The University of Utah
Center for Alzheimer's Care,
Imaging and Research (CACIR)


Memory Study Line
Tel (801) 587-7888

Cognitive Disorders Clinic
Tel (801) 585-7575
Fax (801) 585-2746

Imaging & Neurosciences Center
729 Arapeen Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84108

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Research

Research Volunteers Needed for New Studies

  • Please call our Memory Study Line at 801-587-7888 for more information or to sign up.
  • We need volunteers with memory problems as well as healthy volunteers, who may be included in a study's control group.
  • If you or someone you care about is interested in helping us learn more about memory problems, our team can answer any questions you may have about clinical research studies or currently available research opportunities.

Active Studies

  • A Phase III Trial investigating the study drug Solanezumab for Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease in volunteers between the ages of 55-90.
  • A Phase III Trial investigating the study drug Gantenerumab for Mild Alzheimer's Disease in volunteers between the ages of 50-90. Trial volunteers will receive study medication for 100 weeks.

Upcoming Studies

  • A Phase III Trial investigating the study drug Solanezumab for older individuals (ages 65-85) who have normal thinking and memory function but who may be at risk for memory loss due to Alzheimer's disease, but have no outward signs of the disease to participate in the study.
  • A Phase III Trial investigating the study drug EVP-6124 for MIld to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease in volunteers between the ages of 55-90. Trial volunteers will receive study medication for 26 weeks.
  • A Phase IIa/IIb Trial investigating the study drug MK-7622 as a parallel therapy to Donepezil for Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease in volunteers between the ages of 55-85. Trial volunteers will receive study medication for 33 weeks.
  • A Phase II/III Trial investigating the study drug MK-8931 for Mild to Moderate Alzheimer's Disease in volunteers between the ages of 55-85. Trial volunteers will receive study medication for 57 weeks.

At the Forefront of Alzheimer's and Dementia Research

One of the Center's major goals is conducting research to better understand the causes of Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders. Research at CACIR focuses on neuroimaging, clinical trials to examine the effectiveness of new drugs and treatments, and studies that examine the clinical features and pathophysiology of Alzheimer's and related memory disorders.

The Center sets itself apart from other Alzheimer's programs nationwide by implementing its research successes in the Cognitive Disorders Clinic. "We have an opportunity to develop innovative approaches to dementia care," Dr. Foster says. "I am convinced that now is the time to do this." By creating synergy between patient care and clinical research, the Center hopes to improve the standard of dementia care throughout the Intermountain West.

Using advanced imaging techniques and Utah's unique genetics resources, Foster and his colleagues are working to illuminate how specific changes in the brain correlate with differences in patient behavior. They also have shown how neuroimaging can help differentiate between Alzheimer's disease and other causes of dementia, such as frontotemporal dementia — knowledge that can help experts diagnose the cause of dementia more accurately and at earlier stages, when treatments are most effective. To learn more about neuroimaging at CACIR, click here.

Faculty Publications

To learn more about the University of Utah Alzheimer's Center, and view educational materials such as brochures and posters, please visit our Publications Gallery. To view recent scientific publications by Center faculty members, please click on the links below: