Medication and Neuroimaging Studies


Volunteers are being recruited for the SNIFF study. This study is investigating the safety, tolerability, and effectiveness of an insulin nasal spray when given to people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or mild cognitive impairment. Insulin is a hormone in your body that helps your cells use sugar. We will be studying the effect of this insulin nasal spray on memory and thinking as well as cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and blood biomarkers. In this study, subjects will be given either the insulin nasal spray or a placebo nasal spray for 12 months, and for 6 months all subjects will receive the insulin nasal spray. The study needs volunteers who are 55 years of age or older, are diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease, are fluent in English or Spanish, can attend all study visits, participate in study testing and receive MRIs, and have a study partner who can also attend all study visits. Participation will be at no cost to the study participant and for some of the visits, lunch will be provided. For more information about the SNIFF study, please contact one of our coordinators at 212-241-8329. This research will take place at Mount Sinai’s Upper East Side campus. Principal Investigator: Hillel T. Grossman, MD GCO: 91-208 (17), HSM: 13-00768. ISMMS IRB approved through 10/28/2014


The Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai is seeking volunteers for the TOMMORROW study. The purposes of this study are (1) to examine two genes to see if it’s possible to predict someone’s likeliness to develop Alzheimer’s based on these inherited genes and (2) to test a drug called pioglitazone (AD-4833), which may slow the progress of Alzheimer’s disease in those who currently show no signs of the condition. In this study, the participants will be given a blood test to determine if they are at an elevated risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and memory, thinking, orientation, and language skills tests to confirm that they are mentally healthy. Those who qualify will then be given a study drug or placebo to take over a five year period. The study team is seeking healthy participants between the ages of 65 and 83, who have someone who can be a project partner (spouse, adult child, other family member, or caregiver) to provide information about their health, attend study appointments, and assist with correctly taking the study medication. Participants will not have to pay for investigational medication, and transportation assistance may be available. This research will take place at Mount Sinai’s Upper East Side campus. For more information about the TOMMORROW study, please contact a study coordinator at 212-241-8329. Principal Investigator: Judith Neugroschi, MD; GCO#: 13-1688; HSM#: 13-00720; ISMMS IRB approved through 11/18/2014.

Alzheimer’s Disease Neuroimaging Initiative-2 (ADNI-2)

In this study, we hope to determine whether imaging of the brain through MRI, PET and amyloid imaging scans can help predict and monitor the onset and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. In addition to neuroimaging, the study will collect and test blood and cerebral spinal fluid to determine if biomarkers can predict and monitor the disease. This study is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and will take place at about 50 major universities across the US and Canada. No study drug is used in this research. Participants cannot be involved in other clinical trials while in this study. This is a longitudinal study which will span several years. We are looking for volunteers who can participate for the full duration. The study needs volunteers who: are between 55 and 90 years of age, are fluent in English or Spanish, are willing and able to undergo the test procedures, and have a study partner – a friend or relative who can accompany the volunteer to all clinic visits. Participants with cognitive or memory complaints are welcome. Participants’ health will be closely monitored by a team of doctors and nurses. Participants will receive compensation for their time and costs incurred for travel, parking and meals.  For more information, please contact Kelly Pun at 212-241-1514. MSSM #IF1245934; Principal Investigator: Hillel Grossman, MD; MSSM approved through 10/30/14.

Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Longitudinal Study

This is a national study of healthy elders and those with memory problems that examines how memory disorders affect cognitive abilities and daily functioning over time. For those willing to be followed on a yearly basis, free memory and medical evaluations are available to two groups: healthy elders over age 74 years who may or may not be concerned about memory changes and those of any age who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease and related diseases including Mild Cognitive Impairment. Participation in this research study does not include treatment; however doctors and psychologists will review test results, and provide a letter with a diagnostic impressions and recommendations. Participants will also be given information about other research opportunities as they become available, such as clinical trials, brain imaging studies, and surveys. For more information or to schedule an appointment, please call 212-241-8329.

Neuroimaging in Head Injury and Cognitive Decline

This is a study investigating brain and memory and thinking problems associated with having a history of concussion or mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in a sample of individuals between the ages of 50 and 89. The Department of Psychiatry is investigating whether having a history of concussion or mild TBI with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is distinct by using MRI and tests of memory and thinking. The Department of Psychiatry is looking for participants with either a history of concussion/mild TBI and MCI or a history of TBI without MCI. Participants must be English speakers. Participants will receive compensation for their time. For more information, contact Corey Fernandez at 212-241-5290, or via e-mail at MSSM #10-0954; Principal Investigator: Effie M. Mitsis, PhD, MSSM approved through 10/11/14.

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