FOR PATIENTS

Kerwin Research Center and You

What We Do 

Dr. Kerwin and her team at Kerwin Research Center are united around a common cause – finding the cure for Alzheimer’s disease and all other forms of dementia.  For our patients, this means that Kerwin Research Center can serve as a bridge between their diagnosis and an opportunity to help discover the cure through clinical research.

We also recognize the need for reliable information about a diagnosis and the clinical research process. If you have any questions about our services or would like more information on how we can serve and support you, please provide your information below, or call us at the number on the bottom of the page.  We want to hear from you.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

Dementia refers to a decline in cognition, one’s ability to think, recall, and reason, to the extent that the loss interferes with normal daily life. There are many types of dementia, and each type can result from a different underlying cause. Once a cause is identified, the type of dementia can be diagnosed. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia.

What is a clinical trial?

Clinical trials or clinical research, are the means the scientific and medical community use to ensure that treatments are safe and effective for their prescribed purpose. The treatments available in clinical trials represent the world’s best hope for a cure, and the patients who choose to participate in clinical research hold the key that will one day unlock the secrets of a cure.

Do clinical trials use placebos?

Yes. All new treatments must be compared to a placebo to ethically ensure the treatment is truly effective. During the trial, the staff our patients work with do not know if a patient is on a placebo or the new treatment to ensure that all patients receive the same quality of care on each visit and throughout the trial.

Do I need to stop taking my prescribed medication if I join a trial?

No. Your current medication and treatment regimen will remain under the direction of your doctor, and will not be disrupted by participation in a trial.

Should I participate in a clinical trial?

Deciding to participate in a clinical trial is an important decision, and should not be made without first talking to your doctor and family.  We are here to answer any questions that arise as you make your decision.

I’ve never been to your office, what should I expect from a visit?

Thank you for your interest!  Our goal during your first appointment is to get to know you.  We want to understand your goals and medical background to ensure you receive the best care we can deliver.

Where else can I go to get information about clinical research?

In addition to contacting Kerwin Research Center directly, you can visit:

ClinicalTrials.gov

https://clinicaltrials.gov

This site allows you to access a database of clinical trials being conducted around the world.

National Institute of Health

https://www.nih.gov/health-information/nih-clinical-research-trials-you

Here you can find a variety of information about clinical research and other clinical trials.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE

PREVENTION THERAPY

MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT

ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE

LEWY BODY DEMENTIA

FRONTOTEMPORAL DEMENTIA

VASCULAR DEMENTIA

PARKINSON’S DISEASE

MULTIPLE SYSTEM ATROPHY

PROGRESSIVE SUPRANUCLEAR PALSY

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