Healthcare Providers

We work with healthcare providers to support their patients in research studies and clinical trials. The University of Southern Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center has a wide variety of opportunities for volunteers to participate in important research studies designed to discover ways to prevent, treat, and ultimately eradicate Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.

Please call us at (323) 442-7600

Highlighted Study: Healthier Vessels, Healthier Brains Study is currently seeking referrals and volunteers to participate. This observational study examines how cardiovascular circulation effects memory and brain functioning. This study is for individuals 60+ years old and who have pre-diabetes, diabetes, high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol. For referrals call Lina D’Orazio, Ph.D. (323) 442-7680 or Maria Hernandez (323) 442-6845.

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Information about Referring a Patient for Research Studies and Clinical Trials

Find out more information about types of research participants and research studies, and how to make a referral.

Current Research Studies and Clinical Trials

Here are the Research Center’s current studies, please note that there are always new studies beginning at the research center, and may not yet be listed.

Clinical Trials

Resources for Patients

English and Spanish-language resources to give to your patient to read:




The Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE)is one of the most widely used screening instruments for dementia. The Modified Mini-Mental State (3MS) test has incorporated.


Scales have been used extensively as primary outcomes in phase 2 and 3 clinical trials for Alzheimer disease, mild cognitive impairment, and for cognitive enhancers. A CGIC score is intended to be used as a measure of clinically meaningful change, as distinct from an instrument’s ability to assess any change.


Good Eating Habits for Good Health(Buenos Hábitos Alimenticios Para Una Buena Salud) is a class in good nutrition for a healthy heart and for a healthy brain designed as a series of eight lessons.

Videos for Health Professionals on Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease

A collection of videos on memory loss, dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease that would be useful for physicians and other health professionals.