SIU Med School Part of National Alzheimer’s Disease Study


September 5, 2012         
SIU Med School Part of National Alzheimer’s Disease Study

Individuals who are diagnosed with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease are needed to participate in a national multi-site study of the drug Gammagard at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The drug is being evaluated for its safety and effectiveness in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by SIU’s Center for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders. Limited studies suggest that Gammagard may help stabilize Alzheimer's disease for up to three years.

“This study is important because it may help slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, thus provide better outcomes for patients,” said Dr. Tom Ala, associate professor of neurology at SIU, who is directing the study.

Volunteers must be between the ages of 50 and 89, and be willing to take cognitive tests, live at home with a caregiver capable of accompanying the patient on clinic visits and not have a history of clinically evident stroke or heart disease.

Each participant will receive a physical examination and other tests prior to the pharmaceutical trial starting date and during six follow-up visits over 18 months. There is no charge to the participants for the tests and medications related to the study, which is sponsored by Baxter International, Inc.

If you are interested in participating in the study, contact Barbara Lokaitis at or call 217-545-9737 weekdays.

Phone 217-545-8000
P.O. Box 19620
Springfield, IL 62794-9620
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