Research & Clinical Trials

Before you or your loved one join a research trial or study, your doctor should talk to you about what it's like to be in a trial and describe the pros and cons of participating. If you are interested, someone from the clinical trial staff will explain the details of the study, risks and benefits, and your rights as a participant, including your right to withdraw from the study at any point. Once all your questions have been answered, they will ask you to sign an informed consent to participate.

Research studies help us to improve the understanding and diagnosis of neurodegenerative diseases leading to dementia. Your participation helps us reach these goals. If one of our studies looks interesting to you, please talk with your doctor or contact the study team to see if it is appropriate for you.

Clinical trials are the way new treatments are tested. UCSF's Memory and Aging Center (MAC) runs selected clinical trials for neurodegenerative disease. Your participation helps us evaluate these potential therapeutics. If one of our trials looks interesting to you, please talk with your doctor or contact the study team to see if it is appropriate for you.

The clinical trials we have completed here at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center highlight some of our experience with a range of treatments, populations, diseases and environments.

Read the results from the observational studies and treatment trials we do here at the Memory and Aging Center. These results are all peer-reviewed by experts in field.

The UCSF Memory and Aging Center provides a brain autopsy service for patients registered and seen at UCSF. Autopsy can be invaluable to both families and researchers by confirming a neurodegenerative disease diagnosis.

As an NIH-sponsored Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, the UCSF Memory and Aging Center looks for opportunities to share our resources with investigators of the highest caliber.