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November 2021

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Austin Health fellow in geriatric medicine and sub-investigator Dr Kathryn Lee, Associate Professor Michael Woodward and trial co-ordinators Ann Buckland, Lisa Smithie, Kristin Cooper and Laura Margison.

Trial aims to prevent Alzheimer’s

Recruitment is underway for a new Alzheimer’s trial which aims to remove the protein that causes the disease, long before people display any symptoms.

‘The amyloid protein causes Alzheimer’s and it builds up for 15 years before you develop symptoms,’ said Austin Health aged care and memory clinic director Michael Woodward.

‘The hope is that, by removing the protein, participants won’t get Alzheimer’s.’

The AHEAD study is looking for up to 20 participants, generally with a family history of Alzheimer’s, who are over 55 and have normal memory.

The trial involves the administration of an anti-amyloid drug or a placebo once a month.

‘The drug they’re using definitely removes amyloid and the study will run for at least a couple of years.’

Associate Professor Woodward said his team was very proactive about primary prevention and, as it was World Alzheimer’s Day recently, it was an important reminder to stay well and healthy.

‘This includes physical exercise, having a good diet and keeping mentally active.’

•       For more information about the trial and recruitment email MCRU.Recruitment@austin.org.au.