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Stanford Memory and Aging Study


This study of aging and the brain is looking for healthy older adults to participate in brain imaging, genetic testing, memory testing, and analysis of proteins in the blood and spinal fluid. The goal is to develop biological markers to aid in better understanding, early detection, and treatment of Alzheimers Disease.

Minimum Age Maximum Age Gender Healthy Volunteers
60 Years 90 Years Both Yes
September 2014
April 2020

  • Healthy
  • Able to lie flat for a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Available for 3 nonconsecutive visits (2 full days and 1 half day)
  • Right-handed

  • Unable to hear without aid
  • History of memory loss or neurological illness
  • Heart or vascular implants
  • History of arrhythmia
  • History of chemotherapy

The study will include two or more MRI scans, neurological and neuropsychological evaluations, a blood draw, and a spinal fluid draw (lumbar puncture). Participation will involve 2 full days and 1 half day at Stanford. These visits will occur on nonconsecutive days and may be spread out over a range of 2 to 3 months.

Name City State Zip Status Primary Contact
Stanford Hospital and University
Stanford California 94305 Recruiting

Stanford University

  • National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Name Role Affiliation
Anthony D. Wagner, PhD Principal Investigator Stanford University, Department of Psychology