Research Opportunities

Local opportunities to participate in clinical research studies

University of Minnesota Memory-loss research projects seek participants

Nationally known dementia researcher Dr. Joe Gaugler at the University of Minnesota is seeking subjects for several research studies. All studies are aimed at helping people with memory loss and their family caregivers.

Ongoing studies soliciting participants include:
  • An evaluation of remote health monitoring technology (eNeighbor) for persons with memory loss and family caregivers. If participants are randomly assigned to the eNeighbor group, they get to use the technology for free for 18 months (a value of over $4000). More Information
  • An evaluation of the Residential Care Transition Module, a 6-session, telephone-based support program for family members who have admitted a relative with memory loss to a nursing home, assisted living facility, or similar setting. More Information
  • An evaluation of a smartphone and watch that can assist in facial recognition for people with memory loss. More Information
Variable, depending upon study 

Variable, depending upon study 

Contact Joseph Gaugler at 612-626-2485 or

HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging research studies seek participants

Dementia Confirmation
Currently, brain autopsy is the only way to definitively diagnose Alzheimer’s disease and associated dementias. Brain autopsies guide research into the causes and treatment of these disorders.

For more information about this study, please call 651-254-7000 and press 2 for Research or 651-495-6565 to connect to Neuroscience Research.

HealthPartners Center for Memory and Aging research studies seek participants with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD)

The purpose of this study is to investigate the feasibility of memory testing, recruitment, and safety of insulin when administered to individuals with Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) when delivered as a nasal spray (intranasally).

To Find Out More
Call 651-495-6363 or email 


International research study at Mayo Clinic seeks older individuals (ages 65-85) who have normal thinking and memory function as participants for the A4 Study

The A4 study invites older individuals (ages 65-85) who have normal thinking and memory function but who may be at risk for memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease, but have no outward signs of the disease to participate in the study. Prospective participants will be screened to determine if they are appropriate participants for the study. For more information, please download the study flyer and brochure.

The purpose of the Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s study (the "A4 study" for short) is to test whether a new investigational treatment, called an anti-amyloid antibody, can slow memory loss caused by Alzheimer’s disease.

The A4 study lasts for three years, and participants will be required to visit the clinical research site once a month.  Mayo Clinic is one of the sites for this international study.

Three-year study with monthly participation  

Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Mayo Clinic
Attention: Sara Mason
507-284-1324 or
844-A4STUDY (247-8839) or 

Mayo Clinic seeks caregiver participants for a study

Fostering Caregiver Connections via a Technology Platform

Mayo Clinic is conducting a study to learn whether caregivers would find value in a technology based program that matches current caregivers of persons living with dementia to another person who is also a current caregiver, or who is a past caregiver, for the purpose of emotional support.

Who can participate
Current or former caregivers of a person with a form of dementia like Alzheimer’s disease, Frontotemporal lobar degeneration, and Dementia with Lewy Bodies. 

Study format
Focus groups to give feedback on the value and content of a technology based matching program.

Additional information
Email or call 507-284-1324