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.
If you have never been involved with a clinical trial, it’s natural you will have questions about the process and what’s involved. In this blog we have tried to answer the top five things we regularly get asked.
The first step to getting involved with one our trials (currently the Genes & Alzheimer’s trial) is to complete a pre-screening questionnaire online.
Question 1 – so, what happens next?
If you have successfully completed the questionnaire, a member of our patient liaison team will get in touch with you – this is usually within two to three days. On occasions if there has been an increase in response to our advertising the team may take longer to respond however please be assured we will contact you as soon as we can.
If you don’t hear from us within this time, please contact us on 0141 948 0206 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Question 2 – Where is Glasgow Memory Clinic and how do I get there?
Glasgow Memory Clinic is based at The Altum Building, Todd Campus, West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow, G20 0XA. We only have the one clinic and the opening hours are 8.30am to 4.30pm (Mon to Thu) and 8.30am to 3pm on a Friday.
There is plenty of public transport to get to the clinic and there is plenty of free parking available onsite.
Travel expenses will be covered if you are screened and are selected to participate in a study.
Question 3 – How can I contribute to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease?
It’s worth noting there are currently no vaccines available on prescription to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s disease and there have only been 4 drugs approved for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia since 1980.
Clinical research is vital in discovering new treatments and looking at other aspects of care such as improving the quality of life for people suffering with the condition. In order for a new drug to be approved, it must be extensively tested, researched and evaluated.
Glasgow Memory Clinic rely entirely on volunteers to take part in our studies and 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.
Question 4 – what are the main benefits of taking part in a clinical trial with Glasgow Memory Clinic?
For many, the hope of personal health benefit is their main or only reason for taking part. This might include getting a new drug or treatment they thought might help them; learning more about their condition; being screened (hoping either to be reassured or to get an early diagnosis); the chance of getting access to care they felt would be better or more specialised; or faster access to care.
The main benefits include:
- 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 Alzheimer’s research today to help the future generations of tomorrow
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