Did you know that the Alzheimer’s Association offers a service called Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® that assists people with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, their families, and caregivers participate in clinical trials?
TrialMatch®, which is available at no charge and is confidential, provides participants with comprehensive clinical trial information. As the name implies, the service matches people with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia with existing clinical studies. To date, TrialMatch® has matched more than 11,000 people to Alzheimer’s clinical trials based on their diagnosis, preferences, and location.
TrialMatch® is easily accessible 24 hours a day at http://www.alz.org/trialmatch. TrialMatch Specialists are available via telephone at 800-272-3900, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Central time.
The specialists at TrialMatch® will not recommend any particular clinical trial, but will describe all studies for which the person is eligible. They will answer questions about the trial process and connect individuals with trial sites based on their unique profiles.
The Alzheimer’s Association created TrialMatch® because recruiting and retaining participants for clinical studies is one of the greatest obstacles to developing the next generation of Alzheimer treatments. Those with dementia diseases, as well as healthy individuals are needed for a variety of studies. The immediate need for advances in diagnosis, treatment and prevention has led to an unprecedented call for clinical study participants.
Since the service launched in July 2010, more than 85,000 individuals have registered for Alzheimer’s clinical trials. Currently, Alzheimer’s Association TrialMatch® lists 250 research studies with 1000+ local trial sites nationwide.