More volunteers needed for Alzheimer's studies at KU

Kara Marxer
September 19, 2018 - 6:48 am

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A new study out this week shows that while millions of Americans are worried about developing Alzheimer's disease, they do not know how to get involved in medical research that may help find a cure for it.

Doctors have dozens of experiments underway at the University of Kansas Alzheimer’s Disease Center in Fairway, everything from drug testing to exercise studies. They need healthy people and people with memory problems to sign up for research projects.

"Our goal is to cure Alzheimer's, or prevent it, but we're also trying to understand what drives it, so we need people to come in and participate in a lot of different ways," said Dr. Jeffrey Burns, co-director of the center.

They need about three times as many people without memory problems to volunteer, as they work on ways to prevent Alzheimer's and dementia, Burns said. 

Doctors are hopeful they will find a cure within the next few decades.

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