VA study aims to prevent Alzheimer's disease

Published: Dec. 19, 2017 at 7:19 AM CST
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A new study between UW-Madison and the VA Hospital aims to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.

The study looks at whether fish oil alters brain changes associated with

Alzheimer’s disease by improving blood flow to the brain.

"Right now we don't have anyway to prevent Alzheimer's disease," said the lead doctor on the study, Dr. Cindy Carlsson,"We don't have very good treatments for Alzheimer's disease and the only way we're going to be able to make a difference is to partner together and study these therapies."

The study is currently looking for veterans ages 50-75 with a parental history of Alzheimer’s.

Carlsson said the study focuses on veterans because when compared to the general population they are at higher risk of getting the disease.

The study requires nine visits over and 18 month period. It includes a baseline test, cognitive test, spinal-fluid test and MRI to measure blood flow to the brain.

Those interested in participating should contact Elena Beckman at 608-256-1901 ext. 11199 or email

"Any therapy that could push back the onset of Alzheimer's has the potential to impact people's lives," said Carlsson.