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Pilot Study of Aerobic Exercise in Early Alzheimer's Disease(AD)

2014-08-27 03:13:31 | BioPortfolio

Summary

The current project is a natural extension of a programmatic line of investigation into the relationship between exercise, brain aging, and AD that Dr. Burns has developed over the last four years. The current study will provide data to estimate expected effect sizes for power analyses and sample size calculations. It will also provide an opportunity to optimally design a larger trial that can be extended to multiple sites to more definitively examine the role of exercise as a therapy in AD. The current project's aims are an important and necessary developmental step given the lack of fitness data in AD and the limited knowledge of the mechanisms that may form the basis of an association between aerobic fitness and AD.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Control: Active Control, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Treatment

Conditions

Alzheimer's Disease

Intervention

Aerobic Exercise, Stretching

Location

University of Kansas Medical Center
Kansas City
Kansas
United States
66160

Status

Recruiting

Source

University of Kansas

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-08-27T03:13:31-0400

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