In 2011, the National Institute of Aging (NIA) named the University of Kansas Alzheimer's Disease Center a nationally designated and funded Alzheimer's Disease Center. On September 2016, the NIA renewed the KU Alzheimer's Disease Center's national designation. The KU Alzheimer's Disease Center is one of just 31 such centers in the United States. Read the news release. The KU ADC has a Research Division and a separate Memory Care Clinic
Unique research: KU ADC scientists have received international attention for research on how various lifestyle factors, including fitness and physical activity, affect normal aging and Alzheimer's disease. Much of the work at the KU ADC investigates how energy is produced for the brain and how energy production changes with age and Alzheimer's. Our Research Division brings the latest clinical trials to Kansas City and tests the newest medicines.
The Research Division has two primary research units: the Clinical Trial Unit (CTU) and the Physical Health Intervention Trials team (PHIT). Together these units oversee investigator initiated and industry sponsored prevention and treatment trials. The CTU and the PHIT handle regulatory responsibilities, coordinate complex scheduling, and ensure that Good Clinical Practice and rigorous science are being conducted. Researchers interested in using the CTU or the PHIT to conduct their studies should contact the Clinical Core director, Dr. Jeff Burns.
The CTU specializes in conducting studies that involve investigational medications for the treatment or prevention of Alzheimer's and related diseases. The purpose of the trials is to help establish the safety and effectiveness of new investigational medications. If you are in a trial that involves investigational medications, you will likely be working with CTU team members to schedule your appointments, monitor your health, and manage the investigational medication.
The PHIT specializes in conducting studies that involve lifestyle interventions such as exercise or healthy living education. The PHIT team works closely with partners at the YMCA of Greater Kansas City and Genesis Health Clubs to conduct many of these studies. If you are in a trial that involves exercise or health education, PHIT team members will work with you to schedule your appointments, monitor your health, and ensure you are meeting the goals of the study.
Advanced Care: The KU ADC's Memory Care Clinic is the region's premier clinic specializing in disorders like Alzheimer's, Frontotemporal dementia and Lewy Body dementia. We have world class specialists that help families manage diagnosis and treatment.
Whether you are coming for a research or clinic visit, watch our video so you know what to expect.
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