In Episode 10 of Alz In The Fam, Brigid Reynolds, Neurology Provider at Georgetown University’s Memory Disorders Program joins the Fair siblings for another great episode. In this conversation, Brigid shares exciting studies and research happening in the memory disorder field.
When we first met Brigid, she recommended that our Mom joined an Alzheimer’s trial drug study, and it was an incredible experience for our whole family. The trial drug was hoping to target amyloid plaque buildup in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients. Not only did we see a positive effect in our Mom’s symptoms, but overall it was a very insightful and pleasant experience.
Along with clinical trials for those with mild Alzheimer’s disease, Brigid also highlighted various studies that people who are at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s can get involved in now, before they see any signs of the disease.
One in particular that Poli, Boni and Trissi already participate in is the APT webstudy. This study uses online testing to monitor participants’ brain health over time and detect any signs of developing Alzheimer’s symptoms.
Brigid also mentions exciting new research developments, like the proximity to a blood test that can detect Alzheimer’s disease in patients. Read more about that here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/28/health/alzheimers-blood-test.html
Other studies or research databases that Brigid recommends anyone and everyone get involved in are the AHEAD Study and the Brain Health Registry. Both are aimed at detecting Alzheimer’s in the brain before symptoms arise.
We also want to emphasize how important it is for this research to include a diverse range of participants. The studies mentioned above are easily accessible online, so please help us widen the participant pool by joining yourself and sharing with others.
Thank you again to Brigid Reynolds for joining us on two great episodes. Check out Brigid Reynold’s bio here: https://memory.georgetown.edu/about_us/team/
Check out Georgetown University’s Memory Disorders Program here: https://memory.georgetown.edu/
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