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How to join a research study:

These steps are taken for new participants to ensure they are eligible and can safely participate.


Complete the Interest Form

The first step to get involved in any of our research studies is to fill out the brief Participant Interest Form.


5 Minute Phone Call

Participants will receive a 5-10 minute phone call to confirm eligibility(*) for a free memory screening.


Free Memory Screening

The free memory screening involves health questions and brief tests of memory and cognition. Participants can get feedback on their results and share it with a doctor. The screening can be done in person or over the phone in 30-40 minutes.


Eligibility Review and Study Selection

Based on the memory screening we will inform participants about any current studies for which they are a good match. With their permission we will also save their information to see if they qualify for a study in the near future. For details on current studies, please visit our Active Studies page.

*To be eligible to participate in a study, individuals must:

  • be aged 45 years or older.
  • live within a 2-hour drive from University of Delaware.
  • be able to speak and understand spoken English.
  • not have pre-existing major cognitive problems that significantly impact their ability to live independently. Additionally, participants must possess the cognitive capacity to provide informed consent independently, without the need for a Legally Authorized Representative.
  • be able to see well enough to read an average restaurant menu.
  • have the ability to hear well enough to engage in a conversation in a quiet room. The use of hearing aids is acceptable.
  • not have the following health conditions: Stroke or brain hemorrhage. Autoimmune disease including Multiple sclerosis, giant cell arteritis. Brain Tumor. Any non-ADRD progressive neurological disorder like Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, ALS, etc.. Any developmental/genetic condition that can cause cognitive delay e.g., Down syndrome. Substance use disorder within the last 12 months. Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Hydrocephalus(including normal pressure hydrocephalus; NPH). 

Other ways you can get involved:

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Contact us at memorycenter@udel.edu