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D.B. Hammers, N.L. Foster, J.M. Hoffman, T.H. Greene, K. Duff

J Prev Alz Dis 2019;6(4):242-247

Screen failure rates in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) clinical trial research are unsustainable, with participant recruitment being a top barrier to AD research progress. The purpose of this project was to understand the neuropsychological, psychiatric, and functional features of individuals who failed screening measures for AD trials. Previously collected clinical data from 38 patients (aged 50-83) screened for a specific industry-sponsored clinical trial of MCI/early AD (Biogen 221AD302, [EMERGE]) were analyzed to identify predictors of AD trial screen pass/fail status. Worse performance on non-memory cognitive domains like crystalized knowledge, executive functioning, and attention, and higher self-reported anxiety, was associated with failing the screening visit for the EMERGE AD clinical trial, whereas we were not able to detect a relationship between screening status and memory performance, self-reported depression, or self-reported daily functioning. By identifying predictors of AD trial screen passing/failure, this research may influence decision-making about which patients are most likely to successfully enroll in a trial, thereby potentially lowering participant burden, maximizing study resources, and reducing costs.

D.B. Hammers ; N.L. Foster ; J.M. Hoffman ; T.H. Greene ; K. Duff (2019): Neuropsychological, Psychiatric, and Functional Correlates of Clinical Trial Enrollment. The Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease (JPAD).

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