Cognitive Impairment clinical trials at UC Davis
2 research studies open to eligible people
“Research evaluating memory and thinking ability”
open to eligible people ages 18 years and up
Prospective trial of low frequency deep brain stimulation of the ventral subthalamic nucleus to improve cognitive performance in patients with advanced Parkinson's disease. All study participants have undergone DBS implantation surgery as part of their routine care for motor manifestations of Parkinson's disease. In this study, a temporary low frequency period of stimulation will be applied to determine its effects on cognition.
“Helping caregivers care for people with dementia”
open to eligible people ages 21 years and up
The purpose of this study is to develop and implement a culturally-appropriate intervention to reduce stress in Vietnamese dementia caregivers. A pilot intervention will be done to test the feasibility and acceptability of the intervention in a community setting. This will be done by randomly assigning a family triad (primary caregiver, secondary caregiver, and their care recipient) into an active intervention or a control condition and monitoring findings at baseline, post-intervention, and at three months.The intervention will consist of multiple components -enhanced psycho-education that includes discussion of Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and cultural impacts on beliefs about dementia and caregiving, management of problem behaviors, facilitation of support seeking, and mindful Tai Chi. A secondary caregiver who the primary caregiver identifies as providing him/her with the most support will be invited to join all components, but the intervention will be flexible depending on caregivers' needs/preferences. The care recipient is not required to join the sessions but will be able to if he/she or the family wishes. During the intervention, community partners will provide respite care for the care recipient.