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Alzheimer’s Research Announced in New London

Thursday, October 8th, 2020

New LUCIDITY clinical study to investigate potential treatment for people with Alzheimer’s disease

New London, October 2020- Coastal Connecticut Research has announced the start of patient recruitment for the LUCIDITY study (NCT03446001), a new clinical research study to evaluate an investigational drug in people who are experiencing memory loss, or have been diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI or MCI-AD), Probable/Early Alzheimer’s disease (AD) or Mild-Moderate AD.

Dr. Laurence Radin will be serving as Principal Investigator of the study. He has served as the study doctor on over 10 clinical research trials for Alzheimer’s disease at Coastal Connecticut Research supported by a team of sub-investigators.

Although it is often accepted that some degree of forgetfulness is a natural part of the aging process, more severe memory loss – especially that which impacts daily life – could be an early sign of AD. Up to one third of people with MCI will go on to develop dementia,1 which affects around 50 million people worldwide.2

Currently, a limited number of approved treatments help with the symptoms of AD, but do not stop the disease from progressing.3 There are many factors and underlying challenges that contribute to the difficulty of developing new treatment options.3 However, rapid advances in our understanding of the underlying causes and risk factors associated with AD have led to new therapeutic targets and approaches.

Recent evidence suggests that Tau tangles are a potential driver in the progressive dementia that characterizes AD .4,5 Tau is a protein that forms part of a brain cell’s structure called a ‘microtubule.’ The microtubule helps transport nutrients within the brain cell and stabilizes the axons (a portion of a nerve cell) that connect one brain cell to another. In people with AD, Tau proteins do not function properly and form tangles inside the brain cells. This leads to a breakdown in the brain cell’s ability to communicate with other brain cells, which causes the symptoms of AD.6

Following nearly 30 years of research, researchers believe that a second-generation Tau aggregation inhibitor (TAI) could reduce the build-up of Tau tangles, and in doing so, could help slow disease progression and enhance quality of life for people with AD. Previous Phase 3 clinical trials (NCT01689233 and NCT01689246) support the possibility that this investigational treatment could be effective as a monotherapy, at a dose as low as 4 mg twice daily.7,8

Principal Investigator Dr. Laurence Radin said: “It is crucial we continue to research new targets and treatment options for Alzheimer’s disease. We are pleased to support the roll-out of the LUCIDITY study in Southeastern Connecticut, of which the results have the potential to provide renewed hope for the many people affected by this devastating disease.”

The LUCIDITY study, sponsored by TauRx Therapeutics Ltd. (“TauRx”), will evaluate the effects of this treatment in slowing or delaying memory loss in people who are not receiving other approved treatments for AD (cholinesterase inhibitors and/or memantine). Approximately 450 people in more than 100 study centers across North America and Europe are expected to take part in this study. The results of the study will help determine whether the investigational drug should progress to the final stages of clinical development.

Professor Claude Wischik, Executive Chairman and Co-Founder of TauRx, comments: “With no current cure and an aging population, Alzheimer’s disease is a pressing societal concern and there is an urgent need for new solutions. Our drug, an oral second-generation TAI, has already demonstrated encouraging signals in terms of efficacy and safety in previous trials, to the extent that it warrants further investigation. It’s our aim to find innovative and lasting solutions for patients living with Alzheimer’s disease, and we believe that Tau aggregation inhibition could be part of that solution.”

To learn more about the LUCIDITY study and to find out if you are eligible to participate, visit the trial website: LUCIDITYtrial.com or call Coastal Connecticut Research at (860)443-4567.  Information is also available at ccrstudies.com.

About Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is a progressive neurologic disease of the brain that causes damage to neurons – the specialized cells of the nervous system that enable the flow of information, thoughts and memories in the brain. When Alzheimer’s damages neurons it leads to loss of memory and reasoning, which can affect a person’s ability to interact socially or function at work. No treatment yet exists to halt the progression of Alzheimer’s-related dementia, delay its onset, or prevent it from occurring. Currently available drugs only treat the symptoms temporarily.

Tau aggregation inhibitors

TauRx’s Tau aggregation inhibitors (TAIs) have arisen from nearly 30 years of research, preclinical and clinical investigations. TAIs work by undoing the Tau tangles that cause dementia, thereby potentially slowing and even arresting memory loss. The first-generation TAI, rember® was a patented, highly-purified version of methylthioninium chloride (methylene blue), a compound previously used to treat a variety of conditions.

About the LUCIDITY Study

LUCIDITY is a two-phase outpatient study with Phase 1 being a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 3-arm, 52-week safety and efficacy study and Phase 2 being an open-label, delayed start study, of an investigational drug in patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI or MCI-AD), or Probable/Early or Mild-Moderate Alzheimer’s disease. The primary objective of the LUCIDITY study is to demonstrate that the investigational treatment, given as a monotherapy at doses of 8 mg/day and 16mg/day, is effective compared to placebo in delaying the pathological and clinical progression of the disease. This will be measured using standard clinical cognitive and functional assessments; the study is expected to last up to 120 weeks for individual participants. LUCIDITY is now recruiting in sites across the United States, Canada, UK, France, Belgium, Italy, Spain and Poland. For further information, please visit: www.LUCIDITYtrial.com.

About Site

Coastal Connecticut Research in New London has partnered with community volunteers for over 20 years in conducting healthcare clinical research.  The site was founded by Dr. Robert M. Spitz who also serves as Medical Director.  In their two-decade history, 20 medications evaluated by community volunteers have gained FDA approval.

References

  1. Mavrodaris A, et al. Prevalences of dementia and cognitive impairment among older people in sub-Saharan Africa: a systematic review. Bull World Health Organ 2013, 91:773–783.
  2. World Health Organization. 2016 Dementia Fact Sheet. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs362/en/ Accessed February 2019.
  3. Alzheimer’s Association. 2018 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Available at: https://alz.org/media/HomeOffice/Facts%20and%20Figures/facts-and-figures.pdf Accessed February 2019.
  4. Simić G, et al. Tau protein hyperphosphorylation and aggregation in Alzheimer’s disease and other tauopathies, and possible neuroprotective strategies. Biomolecules 2016, 6(1):6.
  5. Iqbal K, et al. Tau pathology in Alzheimer disease and other tauopathies. Biochim Biophys 2005, 1739(2-3):198–210.
  6. National Institute of Ageing. 2008 Alzheimer’s disease: Unravelling the mystery. Available at: https://adrccares.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/alzheimers_disease_unraveling_the_mystery_0.pdf Accessed February 2019.
  7. Gauthier S, et al. Efficacy and safety of tau-aggregation inhibitor therapy in patients with mild or moderate Alzheimer’s disease: a randomised, controlled, double-blind, parallel-arm, phase 3 trial. The Lancet 2016, 388:2873-84.
  8. Wilcock GK, et al. Potential of Low Dose Leuco-Methylthioninium Bis (Hydromethanesulphonate) (LMTM) Monotherapy for Treatment of Mild Alzheimer’s Disease: Cohort Analysis as Modified Primary Outcome in a Phase III Clinical Trial. Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 2017, 61:435-457.

Media contacts:

MaryLou Gannotti

Email: marylou@ccrstudies.com

Call: (860)437-7092

Visit online: www.CCRstudies.com

LUCIDITY study website: LUCIDITYtrial.com

TauRx website: http://www.taurx.com

 

Technology and the Brain

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

We in the 21st century are living in an advanced age.  At the click of our fingers, we have access to a plethora of information thanks to the world wide web.  Virtually everyone carries a smartphone, a revolution in technology.  So much for looking things up in our “Funk and Wagnalls” encyclopedia!

The advent of technology has also had an impact on modern medicine and research.  Technology that provides “a window on the brain”* has become a part of the clinical trial process for Alzheimer’s research.

To better treat Alzheimer’s, we need to better understand the disease.  Research which looks at markers for having dementia – brain wave patterns, blood, thinking, reasoning, and remembering, can help better diagnose and ultimately monitor Alzheimer’s  in the future.  MRI’s, CT scans and PET scans are also utilized.

A research registry is currently enrolling eligible volunteers ages 50 and above who have cognitive impairment of suspected Alzheimer’s disease.  The research opportunity provides a no cost PET scan (positron emmission tomography),  This “picture of the brain” will help to identify the amyloid plaque (a buildup of sticky protein) in the brain.  These proteins are one of the hallmarks of memory disease.

Those who are interested in learning more about research opportunities for individuals with memory loss are welcome to contact Coastal Connecticut Research at (860) 443-4567.  The memory loss research team includes local neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin, Andrea Stewart APRN, Diane Palmer RN, Jeannine Elliott RN and Jessie Hatfield LPN.

 

 

 

 

 

*The Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives

Observational Alzheimer’s Study

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016

Volunteers are needed for an exploratory, observational clinical study for memory loss in New London.  The study is looking to see if having markers for dementia, such as brain wave patterns, blood, and cognition will help diagnose and monitor Alzheimer’s Disease more easily and earlier in the future.  Coastal Connecticut Research is seeking individuals in the early stages of memory loss to participate in this clinical research trial.

If you or someone you know living with dementia is under the age of 90, you may be eligible to participate in this clinical research study.  Neurologist Dr. Laurence Radin is the study doctor.  The study team is comprised of highly trained nurses and Qualified Dementia Care Specialists.

Study tests are non-invasive.  All study-related labs, exams and testing are provided at no cost.  No insurance is required. Reimbursement is available for time and travel.  If you have questions or interest in this study, contact a member of the CCRstudies team at (860)443-4567 or email marylou@ccrstudies.com.