Eye Movements in Dementia

Many researchers find that by the time a person seeks treatment for the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease, it’s often too late for the available drugs to have an effect. Dr. Adam Boxer’s lab is studying eye movements to try to identify cognitive decline decades before the first symptoms appear.

Summary

Purpose of the Study

The purpose of this study is to learn about the mechanisms of eye movement control and visual perception, as well as how these functions may change with different neurologic diseases.

Study Details

Inclusion Criteria: None

Exclusion Criteria: Subjects are ineligible for portions of our study if they have had cataract surgery in the right eye.

What to Expect

Testing: Subjects view visual stimuli presented on a television monitor while their eye movements are recorded using safe, infrared technology. At times, we may ask questions about some of the pictures shown, and these answers may be recorded.

The Frequency of Visits: One annual visit

Materials Needed Before Evaluation: None

Costs: No costs will be charged for any of the study procedures. Parking will be validated for the 1625 Owens Street Garage or 1630 Third Street Garage at the UCSF Mission Bay campus for all study visits. There is no monetary compensation for participation.

Contact Information

If you are interested in participating in this study or have any questions, please contact the study coordinator, Hilary Heuer, PhD, at Hilary.Heuer@ucsf.edu or 415.476.6743.