Researchers studying brain structure and memory need organ donations — of brains — from people nearing the end of their lives who would like to assist medical science better understand Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and the importance of early diagnosis

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Researchers studying brain structure and memory need organ donations — of brains — from people nearing the end of their lives who would like to assist medical science better understand Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and the importance of early diagnosis.

Tampa/St.Petersburg/Clearwater/Largo – Meridien Research is seeking volunteers willing to donate their brains — at death – to science, so that researchers can better understand the differences between people with normal memories and those with memory loss (including people with Alzheimer’s disease) and a new investigational imaging technique.

“This investigational imaging technique might add a critical piece of information that is needed to help develop more effective diagnostic and treatment options,” said Dr. Mildred Farmer, medical director at Meridien Research, who has been the principal investigator in over 500 trials across multiple therapeutic areas. “Studying memory function in the brain is also crucial to the research process.  When a person signs an organ donor card, it does not include the brain. Therefore science must wait until an autopsy is performed, which doesn’t always happen.”

In addition to a signed consent form from the donor (or the donor’s family), a PET Scan of the donor’s brain, using this new investigational imaging product, is needed prior to death.  This phase 3 study of the correlation between Alzheimer’s diagnosis and the investigational PET Imaging and Amyloind Pathology equipment is hoped to provide earlier diagnosis of the disease and therefore earlier intervention.

In you or a family member is interested in hearing more about this end of life research study, please call 727/34STUDY or 727/347-8839.   There is no cost to the donor or their families.  In fact, donors’ families receive a small compensation and there are little if any discernable signs that the organ has been removed.

Every 70 seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; there is no cure.  Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and devastating brain condition that destroys the ability to remember, reason, communicate and perform routine tasks. 

Meridien Research, which also provides complimentary memory screenings, is comprised of four multi-therapeutic, dedicated research centers specializing in central nervous system disorders, nutrition, women’s health and general internal medicine.  Located in Hernando (Brooksville), Hillsborough (Tampa), Pinellas (St. Petersburg/Clearwater) and Manatee (Bradenton) counties, Meridien is uniquely situated to extend research trial enrollment opportunities to a large audience in the Tampa Bay Area on Florida’s west coast.  Meridien is an independent research company, founded in January 2000 after extensive experience in the research industry, by CEO Cathy Collins, RN, MSN and Dr. Mildred Farmer.  For more information, please call 727/347-8839 or visit www.MeridienResearch.net .

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