MRI to Measure Treatment With Antibiotics in Alzheimer's Disease (DARAD-MRI)
To study the changes in brain structure and function using MRI scans in patients treated for Alzheimer's disease.
A pilot study of treating Alzheimer's disease with antibiotics showed some promise that this treatment could delay the deterioration of the mind with this disease. This study is being replicated on a larger scale, providing a more definitive answer to this question. In addition to looking at changes of the mind (through cognitive tests), we would like to use MRI scans in these patients before and after treatment to study the structural changes and the chemical changes in the brain. This would provide a non-invasive look at the bran processes that protect the brain from the effect of Alzheimer's as well as confirming that the disease has been modified with treatment.
The novel treatment of Alzheimer's with antibiotics has provided a potential breakthrough in the field. In addition to verifying changes in the brain, MRI scans can observe HOW this process could occur, thus opening doors to other new treatments for Alzheimer's and perhaps even cures.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case Control
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Measure Treatment Effects of Doxycycline and Rifampicin in Alzheimer's Disease|
- Changes in MRI Pre Vs Post Treatment [ Time Frame: 1 Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
- Comparison of Normal Controls Vs Alzheimer's Disease using MRI [ Time Frame: 1 Year ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
|Study Start Date:||June 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2010|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Subjects who received placebo in DARAD Trial
Subjects who received doxycycline in DARAD Trial
Subjects who received rifampicin in DARAD Trial
Doxycycline and Rifampicin
Subjects who received doxycycline and rifampicin in DARAD Trial
|St. Joseph's Healthcare|
|Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8N 4A6|
|Principal Investigator:||Mohammed A Warsi, (Hon)BSc, MSc, MD, FRCP(C)||McMaster University|
|Study Director:||Michael D Noseworthy, (Hon)BSc, MSc, PhD||St. Joseph's Hospital|
|Study Director:||William Molloy, MBBch, MRCP, FRCP(C)||St. Peters Hospital|