Clinical Research Opportunities for People with Memory Loss

See if you’re eligible to participate in current research studies at Hebrew SeniorLife.

Harvard Medical School Research in a Personal Environment

Wolk Center for Memory Health patients have direct access to the latest clinical research studies related to brain health, cognitive decline, memory loss, and healthy aging. Your Wolk Center care team can recommend clinical trials at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research as a complement to your treatment plan.

The Marcus Institute is an affiliate of Harvard Medical School and partners with leading research organizations around the world. Their research portfolio ranks them in the top 11 percent of institutions funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Many Wolk Center clinicians, including Medical Director Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone, also hold research positions at the Marcus Institute. This makes the connections between the Wolk Center and the Marcus Institute seamless for our patients and their families.

Research studies are also open to those who aren’t patients at the Wolk Center. Marcus Institute clinical research is conveniently based near the Wolk Center on the campus of Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston. Some studies require in-person visits, while others are home-based.

Read more to explore which Marcus Institute studies are currently recruiting participants, and what you may qualify for.

Current Research Studies

If you’ve been diagnosed with memory deficits, you could participate in a study to determine if a home-based form of non-invasive brain stimulation (tACS) improves memory in older adults. Past studies have shown promise in using non-invasive brain stimulation as a tool to improve memory and thinking.

Study staff aims to recruit pairs of participants - a person with memory decline and a caregiver, spouse, or adult child who will learn to administer the treatment at home under the supervision of trained research staff.

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Changing the Standard of Care

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Uncovering Answers to the Challenges of Aging

For more than 50 years, the Marcus Institute has discovered innovative treatments and proven best practices to help seniors live longer, more active, and more fulfilling lives. Our experts study everything from the brain to mobility, osteoporosis to palliative care, and more.

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Learn About Non-Invasive Brain Stimulation

Studies have shown promise in using non-invasive brain stimulation as a tool to improve memory and thinking. Researchers at the Marcus Institute are assessing whether it can improve cognition in older people with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. Watch the video to learn how the technology works.

What People are saying about Hebrew SeniorLife

  • "Dr. Cappon is super and the research staff is really incredible. That’s what has kept my husband wanting to do these studies. His interaction with Dr. Pascual-Leone and the staff has been exceptional. Their drive and dedication is really inspiring."

    Olga P.