Research & Clinical Trials
In observational studies, researchers study specific areas or topics related to a particular disease or symptom without giving medication. Clinical trials are designed to study the safety and effectiveness of new treatments.

How to Participate in Research

Clinical trials are the way new treatments are tested. The 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.

Quality-of-life trials or supportive care trials are designed to evaluate improving the health, care or quality of life for people, typically without using study drugs or devices. UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center (MAC) runs selected supportive trials for people with neurodegenerative disease. Your participation helps us evaluate these interventions. 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.

Observational 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.

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

Resources for Investigators

The UCSF Memory and Aging Center looks for opportunities to share our resources with investigators of the highest caliber. The Neurodegenerative Disease Brain Bank (NDBB) serves as a repository for nervous system tissue donated for research purposes.

The Dementia Care Pathway is a suite of tools and educational materials specifically designed to improve the ability of non-specialists to more effectively diagnose and treat dementia in their patients.

TabCAT and EXAMINER are computer- and tablet-based cognitive tests designed for use in clinical research studies.