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More about the Memory & Aging Program Research


Research is key to preventing and improving the treatments for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

The Memory and Aging Program at Butler Hospital is affiliated with the
Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute, dedicated to advancing the neurosciences and reducing human suffering from disorders of the nervous system through world-class research, outstanding clinical care and advanced education.

Two major focuses of the Memory and Aging Program are:

  • early intervention
  • research aimed at understanding Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, at treating and preventing the disorder, and at interventions that can improve the quality of life for patients and their families. Patient care is our utmost concern and is of paramount importance in all aspects of our research.

The Memory Disorders Program is involved in some of the latest research studying the causes of and innovative treatments for Alzheimer's disease, vascular dementia (related to diseases of the small blood vessels in the brain), Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, milder forms of memory loss other than dementia, late-life depression and caregiver support, and other disorders such as CADASIL (cerebral autosomal dominant arteriopathy with subcortical infarcts and leukoencephalopathy).

Our research program has many ongoing studies that look at the progression of memory loss, possible interventions to prevent its development, and its effects on daily function. We are also involved in developing new methods for assessing memory and other thinking abilities.

All research participation is voluntary and the decision to participate, or not participate, or to withdraw from any research project will not affect a patient's care in the Memory Disorders Program. Before deciding to enroll in a research project, all patients and their families will be provided with a description of the research project including the reason why they have been invited to participate, the goal of the research study, and all related procedures. All reasonably foreseeable risks and benefits of participation will be discussed.

If you have any questions or would like to hear more about our ongoing research projects, please call 401-455-6403. You can also send an email to memory@butler.org,

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