$47M Federal Grant Adds Brain Imaging to Pivotal Lifestyle Interventions Study

$47M Federal Grant Adds Brain Imaging to Pivotal Lifestyle Interventions Study
The University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) will receive an expected $47 million in a federal grant that will add advanced brain imaging to a pivotal study to determine whether lifestyle modifications can protect memory in those at risk of developing dementia. With the five-year grant from the U.S. National Institute on Aging (NIA), the university will conduct the first large-scale clinical investigation (NCT03688126) — currently recruiting participants — examining how affordable and accessible lifestyle changes affect biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The study will focus on changes such as exercise, diet, cognitive stimulation and health coaching. More information on how to participate can be found here. The award total is pending funding availability. The NIA is part of the National Institutes of Health. The multisite randomized study was originally funded with $35 million from the Alzheimer’s Association. If successful, the “U.S. Study to Protect Brain Health Through Lifestyle Intervention to Reduce Risk (U.S. POINTER)” is expected to affect public policy regarding the standard of care for a growing patient population. According to the non-profit, the number of U.S. residents living with
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