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Study at Texas Health Dallas Aims to Unlock Mysteries of Alzheimer's Disease
09/10/2012

DALLAS — Researchers at the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine, a research collaboration between Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center, are investigating the connection between exercise and brain function as people age.

The goal is to find better preventions and treatments for dementia and Alzheimer's disease, the most common type of dementia in the United States and around the world.

Researchers are looking for subjects who are 55 years or older who have memory concerns but are generally healthy and lead sedentary lives.

The project will study 72 patients with memory concerns and 30 healthy older adults in the same age, sex and education range. Thirty-six of those with memory concerns will be assigned randomly to a one year exercise program; the other 36 will be assigned to a control group performing flexibility and balance training.

Brain function and cardiovascular health will be assessed before and after one year. Study participants will be compensated for their time and receive a free membership to the Texas Health Dallas fitness center, along with a personalized training program designed by a licensed exercise physiologist. Those who do not want the free gym membership will be given a stipend to help pay for a membership elsewhere.

To learn more about participating in this study, contact Lauren Baikie at 214-345-4629.

About the Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine
The Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine (IEEM) was founded as a joint program between Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Its mission is to promote basic and clinical research, education, and clinical practice in defining the limits to human functional capacity in health and disease, with the objective of improving the quality of life for human beings of all ages. The IEEM includes ten major laboratories tightly integrated and organized intellectually along the “oxygen cascade” — the path that oxygen must follow through the body from the external environment through the lungs, heart, and skeletal muscle to perform cognitive function and physical activity. The IEEM is among the only research centers in the world that fosters the fusion of basic science and clinical medicine in a program designed specifically to study human physiology.

About Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas is an 866-bed acute care hospital and recognized clinical program leader, having provided compassionate care to the residents of Dallas and surrounding communities since 1966. U.S. News and World Report has ranked Texas Health Dallas among the nation’s best hospitals in digestive disorders, orthopedics, and neurology and neurosurgery. An affiliate of the faith-based, nonprofit Texas Health Resources system, Texas Health Dallas has approximately 4,000 employees and an active medical staff of more than 1,000 physicians. For more information, call 1-877-THR-WELL, or visit TexasHealth.org/Dallas.

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