Research is integral to help the scientific and medical community:

1.   Understand mechanisms causing Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment

2.    Develop and implement prevention strategies, and

3.    Develop and implement therapeutic targets

However, in order to successfully conduct clinical research on memory and Alzheimer's disease, older adults must volunteer to participate in research studies. To understand how the brain changes with age, we must study individuals with no memory loss as well as individuals who have memory complaints, mild cognitive impairment, or Alzheimer’s disease.

We welcome all older adults, who have concerns with their memory or the memory of a loved one in the greater Nashville area to join our studies and research activities.

What are the benefits of participating in clinical research?

  • Participating in research contributes to health knowledge that will help others, including future generations, who may be at risk for memory loss and unhealthy cognitive aging. Many people who participate in research report satisfaction from knowing that they are helping their loved ones or future generations. You may receive ongoing feedback about your cognitive health from experts in brain health.
  • When you participate in research, you can receive ongoing feedback about your cognitive health from our Center’s experts.
  • Research participation provides an opportunity for you to learn more about cognitive aging and memory loss from experts in brain health.
  • When you get involved in research, you can obtain information about clinical resources and community programs to support you and your loved ones in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

How do you join a study?

If you are 40 years of age or older and live in middle Tennessee or willing to travel to Nashville for research visits, then you may be eligible to join one of our research studies. Our projects seek older adults who have memory problems as well as older adults without any memory problems or complaints. Some studies require only one visit while other studies require multiple visits over time. To learn more about our research opportunities, please click HERE to complete our online survey to see if you are eligible for one of our memory studies. You can also contact our Recruitment Coordinator at (615) 875-3175.

Is there another way to contribute?

Often, we hear from older adults that their schedules or personal demands prevent them from getting involved in one of our memory or Alzheimer's disease studies. If you do not have time to volunteer in one of our studies, you can still contribute to advance our Center’s mission with a financial donation. Learn more HERE.