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After being diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, a condition that often leads to Alzheimer’s disease, Carmel Ayotte got involved in clinical trials provided by the HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging. “Hopefully I’m part of something that’s going to benefit a lot of older adults and our children as well,” she said.
One trial Carmel’s involved in is an intranasal insulin study. Developed by researchers at the center, intranasal insulin has been shown to improve memory and functioning in patients with Alzheimer’s disease.
“Our trials are intended to [find drugs] that slow the process of Alzheimer’s disease and other memory disorders,” said Michael Rosenbloom, Clinical Director of the Center for Memory and Aging. “If you could slow the disease by five years, you’d make a huge impact both for the patient as well as from a public health perspective.”