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Participants needed for Alzheimer's research drug trials

The search continues find a cure for Alzheimer's disease.

Some of that work is being done right here in Seattle at the University of Washington. Clinical trials are underway and volunteers are needed.

"This is the way we're going to the answers to Alzheimer's disease,” said Dr. Dean Hartley, Director of Science Initiatives for the Alzheimer's Association.

Volunteers must meet certain requirements, such as age. And there are typically a few tests that must be done, for example to determine if there's a build-up of amyloid protein in the brain. It’s believed that people who have build-ups of amyloid in the brain are at risk for developing the disease.

On its website, the Alzheimer's Association offers a free service called Trial Match.

"What we do is work with you to find a trial that you meet the requirements for and is as close as you can find to you,” Hartley explains. “We believe that in your neighborhood is the best way to stay in that trial. They'll match you to one."

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