Memory, Alzheimer’s Disease, & Research Studies

With the help of research study participants, we are learning about aging, memory, and potential new approaches to fighting Alzheimer’s disease.

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Current Alzheimer's Research: The Latest Trends

This is a busy time for Alzheimer’s disease research, with over 50,000 research study volunteers needed in the United States alone. A research study is a scientific way to find new approaches to health care. Many types of research studies exist. They may go under different names like clinical study, clinical research, or clinical trial, among others. At Eli Lilly and Company many of our research studies focus on finding out if potential new drugs or therapies are safe and effective.

The latest Alzheimer’s disease research focuses on the disease process itself and targets one or more of the many changes to the brain caused by Alzheimer’s disease. The goal of this current research is to one day slow or stop the disease’s development.

In recent years, researchers have discovered that it is possible that changes in the brain happen 10 to 20 years before the disease’s symptoms appear. By looking for these early brain changes, researchers may be able to better understand Alzheimer’s disease.

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Perspectives from a Physician

Dr. Valerie Bruemmer is a board-certified internist/geriatrician who practiced for more than 20 years caring for people with Alzheimer's disease and other memory problems, as well as multiple associated conditions. Dr. Bruemmer is now a Senior Medical Advisor on the Alzheimer’s team at Lilly in Medical Affairs.

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About Memory, Alzheimer’s Disease, & Dementia

Changes to your memory might start in your 50s or earlier. Changes can include:

  • Having trouble making decisions once in awhile
  • Misplacing things
  • Sometimes forgetting which word to use
  • Difficulty completing tasks

These changes can be caused by normal aging, Alzheimer’s disease, or other things. It’s important not to ignore changes to your memory, especially if you think something isn’t right. You should talk to your doctor if you feel like changes in your memory might not be normal aging.

Use the resources below to learn more about memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common cause of dementia.


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