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Promising Techniques for Earlier Alzheimer’s Diagnosis

BY JENNIFER CHEN November 7, 2017

Recent technologies allow doctors to diagnose the degenerative brain disease earlier.

Medical Services

Founded in 1981, Yale Medicine’s Dorothy Adler Geriatric Center is one of the oldest and most comprehensive geriatric assessment programs in the United States. The Adler Center is directed by Richard Marottoli, MD and provides evaluation and care of hundreds of patients with Alzheimer's disease annually. In addition, the center's Memory Clinic is led by Steven Strittmatter, MD, a neurologist at Yale Medicine who treats people with varying types of dementia. The clinic offers comprehensive support from both neurologists and neuropsychologists (clinicians who have expertise in the relationship between the brain and behavior) and connects families to support groups and services. New patients can expect to spend an hour and a half at the clinic. 

To schedule an appointment with the Geriatric Assessment Center, call 203-688-6361

To schedule an appointment with the Neurology Memory Clinic, call 203-785-4085

Clinical Trials

In addition, the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit (ADRU), founded in 1991, conducts clinical trials to help identify effective Alzheimer’s medications, many of which may not yet be available to the general public. The group led the way in research on the drug memantine, the only treatment currently approved for late-stage illness. Currently, the ADRU is working on promising new research into vaccines and antibodies that might reverse the disease. Dr. van Dyck feels optimistic that these treatments will be available in the near future. 

To sign up for a clinical trial with the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Unit, call 203-764-8100