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MEDIA CONTACT: Giselle Reid

561-297-1139, greid10@fau.edu


FAU Seeks Volunteers to Participate
in Alzheimer’s Medication Study


BOCA RATON, FL (October 26, 2009) – Florida Atlantic University’s Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science is seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical trial to determine the effects of a medication in helping to preserve the driving ability of patients with mild Alzheimer’s disease.

 “If we can show that an individual’s period of safe driving can be extended for a year or more with an approved medication, it will significantly improve their quality of life and enhance public safety,” said Dr. Peter J. Holland, M.D., research professor and clinical associate professor of biomedical science at FAU. “If taken early enough, it actually may preserve a senior’s independence, decreasing the time they’ll have to spend in nursing homes or other assisted living communities.”  

This study, led locally by Holland, is currently seeking volunteers who are 60 years of age or older with mild Alzheimer’s disease.  Eligible volunteers will receive confidential medical evaluations, on road driving evaluations and study medication at no cost. They also will receive reimbursement for time and travel.

More than five million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.  Alzheimer’s is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 40 percent to 70 percent of dementia cases. Current treatments for Alzheimer’s disease are symptomatic only, and there is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

A 2004 report by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles estimated that Florida has more than 2.2 million drivers between the ages of 65 and 74 and more than 242,000 drivers 85 or older.  Of the drivers 85 and older, 20 percent were believed to suffer dementia. 

For more information, contact Lori Fisher at 561-297-0164 or lfisher8@fau.edu.

-FAU-

About Florida Atlantic University:

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College,  the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.  

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