Alzheimer's Research

ImageThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is currently supporting the proposed actions of the Healthy Brain Initiative and the Healthy People 2020 Objectives to "educate and empower the nation" by developing and disseminating science-based and culturally relevant research that encourages awareness about cognitive impairment. This initiative will lead to increased detection of Alzheimer's Disease. Additionally,  "Dementias including Alzheimer's Disease" has been added to the Healthy People 2020 Objectives which is a set of national goals that aim to promote health and prevent disease. 

Hallmark Changes of Alzheimer's

Scientists have identified several hallmark Alzheimer's brain abnormalities, including:

  • Plagues, microscopic clumps of a protein fragment called beta-amyloid
  • Tangles, twisted microscopic strands of the protein tau (rhymes with "wow")
  • Loss of connections among brain cells responsible for memory, learning, and communication.  These connections , or synapses, transmit information from cell to cell
  • Inflammation, triggered by the body's immune system
  • Eventual death of brain cells and severe tissue shrinkage

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Research and Clinical Trials

Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch®

The Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch® is a free, easy-to-use clinical studies matching service that connects individuals with Alzheimer's, caregivers, healthy volunteers and physicians with current studies.  Our continuously updated database of Alzheimer's clinical trials includes more than 225 promising clinical studies being conducted at nearly 700 trial sites across the country. 

We need your help to advance research. People with Alzheimer's, caregivers and healthy volunteers are needed today to participate in Alzheimer's and dementia research.  When you join a clinical trial, you have an opportunity to participate in vital research that could change the course of Alzheimer's disease and improve the lives of all those it affects. 

For more information, visit TrialMatch.


Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is one of several research centers working in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic.  The Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health is located in Las Vegas, NV and offers clinical trials as well as telehealth/telemedicine opportunities throughout Nevada. 

To learn more, visit the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health

Nevada Consortium for Dementia Research

The mission of the Nevada Consortium for Dementia Research is to advance our knowledge of care and support of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias through fostering research activities in Nevada.  The NCDR accomplishes this mission by:

  • Promoting and expanding research opportunities and collaborations throughout Nevada related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
  • Disseminating emerging findings through multiple venues to educate providers and patients.
  • Informing evidence-based practices and policies.
  • Encouraging new researchers to join this field of investigation.




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