What's Involved?

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Participation will include: 

A three day visit at one of the four study sites for:

  • A thorough medical history and neurological exam
  • A Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan of your brain
  • Collection of blood and saliva samples
  • A spinal tap (also called a lumbar puncture) to collect fluid from your spinal column
  • Two Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scans to detect if there are elevations of specific proteins in your brain
  • Completion of questionnaires on your mood and behavior
  • A set of standardized tests of your memory and other cognitive skills  

All food, travel, and lodging will be paid for by the study, and in addition you may be compensated up to $500 for the three day visit.