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Light and Cognitive Therapy for Alzheimer's Disease

Recruiting

This observational study will test the ability of an iPad app to improve cognition, function, and quality of life in people with Alzheimer's disease. The app delivers light therapy at 40 Hz while users play cognitive games.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
50 Years N/A All Accepts Healthy Volunteers
January 1, 2018
December 31, 2023
2000

  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Cognitive impairment

  • Previous epileptic seizures, including febrile seizures
  • Significant disease of the eye, such as macular degeneration

Electrical activity in the brain known as gamma brainwaves helps connect and process information throughout the brain. These gamma waves are diminished in Alzheimer's disease. New research suggests that exposure to a light flickering at 40 Hz may promote gamma-wave brain activity, which could potentially activate cells in the brain to eliminate beta-amyloid plaques. These plaques are implicated in Alzheimer's disease. For a 1-year study period, participants will use an iPad app ("ALZLIFE") on a daily basis to play cognitive games (e.g., Sudoku, Tic-Tac-Toe) while being exposed to light therapy at 40 Hz. On a monthly basis, the participant's caregiver will use the iPad app to report on the participant's past-month competence in activities of daily living.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Andrey Vyshedskiy
Miami Florida 33156 Recruiting Andrey Vyshedskiy
617-433-8577
vysha@bu.edu

Alzheimer's Light LLC

Name Phone Email
Andrey Vyshedskiy, PhD 617-433-7724 vysha@bu.edu

NCT03657745

An Observational Trial of Alzheimer's Disease Treatment With Combination of 40Hz Light and Cognitive Therapy