For many patients and their families, the opportunity to be involved in a memory disorder clinical trial and potentially access a new treatment can be an appealing prospect. However, taking part in clinical research is not for everyone, there are both benefits and risks.

Risks and benefits of memory clinical research

Memory Clinical Trials

Benefits include

  • access to new treatments
  • close monitoring and support by a specialist clinical team
  • a rewarding experience which can help our future generation with memory disorders, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Risks include

  • the new treatment is not guaranteed to be effective
  • less may be known about the side effects of a new drug
  • there is a chance that you will be taking placebo medication throughout the trial
  • memory clinical trials can be time consuming and requires commitment from the participant and usually a family member or friend.