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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of Brain Iron in Neurodegenerative Disease

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00249080
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : November 7, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 24, 2009
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November 3, 2005
November 7, 2005
August 24, 2009
June 2005
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of Brain Iron in Neurodegenerative Disease
High Field MRI of Brain Iron in Neurodegenerative Disease
Neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, and multiple sclerosis are recognized as a major health concern at the present time. There is information in magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies regarding the role of brain iron in normal brain aging that may be enhanced with the use of better scanning equipment and procedures, and by correlating this information with clinical data. This research study aims to develop and evaluate a number of techniques that can potentially improve the effectiveness of three tesla (3T) magnetic resonance imaging of neurodegenerative brain disorders.

Eligibility: A healthy person without memory complaints or someone with neurodegenerative disease. However, the person should not have metal in the body (ie, pacemaker, implants, shrapnel, etc.), should not be pregnant, and should not have claustrophobic anxieties.

Study Procedures: During a regular office visit, a neurologist will perform a routine physical and neurological examination, including your medical and family history, to determine your eligibility for this study. You will then be scheduled for a series of neuropsychological tests, which take between 1 to 1.5 hours, and an MRI scan, which takes approximately 1 hour to complete. This is a longitudinal study and you may be asked to repeat these procedures approximately every six months for the duration of this 2 year project.

Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
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Non-Probability Sample
Approximately equal numbers of subjects with clinically diagnosed Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's disease and normal controls (age and gender matched).
  • Neurodegenerative Diseases
  • Mild Cognitive Impairment
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August 2007
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Inclusion Criteria:

  • 18 years or older
  • Healthy person without memory complaints OR person diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease (ie, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis)

Exclusion Criteria:

  • MR contraindication such as metal in body (ie, pacemaker, implant, shrapnel, etc.)
  • Pregnant
  • Claustrophobic anxieties
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
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John Schenck, MD PhD; Principal Investigator, Albany Medical College
Albany Medical College
United States Department of Defense
Study Director: Earl A Zimmerman, MD Albany Medical College
Principal Investigator: John F Schenck, MD, PhD GE Global Research Center & Neurosciences Advanced Imaging Research Center
Albany Medical College
August 2009