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What are the main benefits of getting involved with a clinical trial?

You may not be aware but September is World Alzheimer’s Month. This is an international campaign which has been running for 6 years, designed to raise awareness and challenge the stigma that surrounds dementia. This year’s theme is ‘Remember Me’ to highlight the importance of early detection and diagnosis of dementia. World Alzheimer’s Day is on 21 Sep.

Glasgow Memory Clinic is an independent clinical centre who seek volunteers for a range of different studies. Those who take part in dementia research are contributing towards the care and treatment of people who have dementia and the people that may develop dementia in the future.

Below are some of the benefits of taking part in a clinical trial with Glasgow Memory Clinic. You would be:


  • Taking a proactive step towards helping yourself and others with dementia
  • Potentially gaining access to new treatments that are often not found outside the clinical trial
  • Getting the opportunity to play an active role in your own healthcare
  • Contributing to the Alzheimer’s research today to help the future generations of tomorrow


Taking part in a clinical trial is completely voluntary and it’s up to you if you decide to participate. It’s generally accepted that people who participate in clinical trials have better overall outcomes. The reasons for this are thought to be the extensive tests, medical care and attention received when taking part in a clinical trial.

There is no charge for attending Glasgow Memory Clinic and all medical care, tests and treatment is completely free of charge.  We also offer free parking, Wi-Fi and refreshments and your travel expenses would be covered if you are screened.

Every three seconds someone in the world develops dementia. You could do your bit to help support Alzheimer’s research by volunteering for one of our current trials. Everyone has different reasons for participating in a clinical trial, whether it be for your own health, or because someone you know has dementia or it could just be out of curiosity. Whatever the reason, the people who participate in clinical trials are vital to improving medical care.

We are currently seeking:


  • Healthy volunteers aged 60 – 85 years
  • Volunteers who have noticed a decline in their memory in the last 12 months aged 50 – 85 years
  • Volunteers who have a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s aged 50 – 85 years


All volunteers require a reliable person who knows how you are managing with daily activities, that can attend study visits with you.

Please note if you are screened for a study you can be eligible to receive a £25 payment that recognises your time and inconvenience in addition to any travel expenses due.


Did you know most of us have benefitted in some way from medical research?

Most of us will have in some way benefited from research without necessarily realising it. For example, by taking medical drugs, benefiting from the use of certain equipment, being treated in a certain way or being in certain environment. This is all because these treatments or medications have been tested, refined, approved and then made available to the general public.


You can find out more about Glasgow Memory Clinic’s current clinical trials

You can find out more about World Alzheimer’s Month




Posted 18th September 2017

7 responses to “What are the main benefits of getting involved with a clinical trial?

  1. Great article! I’ve heard of clinal researches before but didn’t know that much about it. It’s good to know the benefits of getting involved in one. I like how you mentioned how you’ll get the opportunity to play an active role in your own healthcare. I’m now thinking of giving this a try.

  2. It’s great that this article explains how it’s up to you to decide if you want to participate in a clinical trial and how it can be for different reasons, such as your own health, for someone you know, or for curiosity. No matter the reason, it would probably be important to research the different opportunities in order to figure out which one will provide you with the experience and results you’re looking for. Looking online would probably help you figure out what clinical trials are available in your area and tell you more about what they’re doing so you can find one that will help you, someone you love, or satisfy your curiosity.

  3. I am very interested in getting involved in any way that you think is appropriate. You have rang me but unfortunately I was ill and then rushed into hospital. I would like to have contact with you in the New Year. Thank you.

  4. Sorry, line 19 after the title line doesn’t make sense to me – “…the extensive texts medical and attention received…” – can you clarify this please?

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