International clinical trial on Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia underway in Vancouver

The UBC Hospital Clinic for Alzheimer’s and Related Disorders is participating in a large, international research study on Alzheimer’s Disease being funded by National Institutes of Health in the United States. The Clinic is one of five Canadian sites and 50 U.S. sites participating in the study.

The study—called the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative (ADNI) —is a groundbreaking study that will recruit hundreds of new volunteers to help define the subtle changes that may take place in the brains of older people many years before overt symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear. This study is the largest public-private partnership to date in Alzheimer’s disease research. Robin Hsiung, a member of the Brain Research Centre, assistant professor in the UBC Faculty of Medicine, and a Vancouver Coastal Health neurologist, is leading the local efforts.

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