Seeking volunteers to participate in Alzheimer’s clinical research

Seeking trial volunteers

Okanagan Clinical Trials is inviting individuals living with early Alzheimer’s disease to participate in an ongoing medication research study.

Okanagan Clinical Trials, a medical research company located in Kelowna, is currently conducting a study to determine the effectiveness of an investigational medication for early Alzheimer’s disease.

“Cognitive disorders and Alzheimer’s disease are devastating conditions with no disease-modifying treatment options” said Dr. Eugene Okorie, geriatric psychiatrist, and principal investigator for Okanagan Clinical Trials.

“With an aging population and numbers on the rise, it is very important to continue searching for safe and effective treatments.”

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia and affects almost 50 million people worldwide

It is a progressive condition with no cure. Typically, it begins affecting an individual’s short-term memory, but worsens over time, and eventually leads to death. Most often, Alzheimer’s affects people over the age of 65, but some develop young-onset dementia in their 40s and 50s.

To be eligible to participate in the study, volunteers will be men and women between 55 and 85 years of age with early Alzheimer’s disease. Approximately 3,600 participants will randomly be assigned to trial treatment.

“As a research community we continue to search for a medication that will slow or stop Alzheimer’s disease. OCT is excited to participate in a study that will investigate if an approved medication for type 2 diabetes can slow the progression of AD” said Dr. Kim Christie, president of Okanagan Clinical Trials.

Treatment will not affect provincial medical coverage and all study-related costs will be paid for by the sponsor. Participants are free to leave the study at any time.

To learn more about the study or to volunteer, please visit www.okanaganclinicaltrials.com or call Okanagan Clinical Trials at 250-862-8141.

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