More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, including some 23,000 Rhode Islanders.
Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia. It typically affects adults 60 and older, impairing their memory and ability to carry out daily activities. The cause of Alzheimer’s is still unknown but the study could help improve early detection of the disease.
Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital and Butler Hospital are collecting data for the next phase of an international study.
Lori Daiello a research scientist at Rhode Island Hospital, said they’re looking for people ages 55 to 90 who range from normal memory to those with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s.
"We've begun to understand that the illness may start as many as 10 or even 20 years prior to its earliest detectable clinical symptoms,"Daiello said. "And for that very reason we need people without symptoms to enter these studies so that we can learn about how we might prevent this disease."
The study, known as the Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiativek, or ADNI, launched 12 years ago and already has 800 participants. Funded in part by the National Institutes of Health, the researchers are examining how quickly brain cognition and function changes in people ages 55 to 90.
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