There are two main types of clinical research that people with memory problems can take part in.

Clinical trials

Within a clinical trial we investigate the safety and effectiveness of new medication and treatments.

Usually two groups of people take part in a clinical trial. One group receive the new medication and the second group receive a placebo or dummy medication. Participants are randomly allocated to each group. Our research team do not know which participants are receiving the new medication and which are receiving the placebo. The use of a placebo is common in clinical trials as it helps researchers to assess the benefits of the new medication. At the end of a study there is often an opportunity for all participants to take the new medication.

Clinical trials help us to provide evidence on which medical treatments best help improve/cure symptoms. The study also measures how well people tolerate the medication and monitors for any side effects

Observational studies
Memory problems tests at Imperial Memory unit

Within an observational study we observe and record the natural progression of your memory disorder or disease in a systematic manner. We do not influence or interfere with the memory disorder or disease. Often a comparison study will run in parallel with a group of people who do not have the symptoms or disease.

All clinical research has to be approved by an ethics committee before patients can be invited to take part.