Jefferson Laboratory of Cognitive Aging

Are you concerned about your memory

or the memory of a loved one?

Complete our online survey to find out if you are eligible for one of our memory studies by clicking here.



Research is integral to help the scientific and medical community:

  1. Understand mechanisms causing Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment
  2. Develop and implement prevention strategies, and
  3. Develop and implement therapeutic targets

However, in order to successfully conduct clinical research, older adults must volunteer to participate in studies. To understand how the brain changes as we age, we need to study individuals with no memory loss in addition to individuals who have memory complaints, mild cognitive impairment, or Alzheimer’s disease.

We welcome all older adults to join our studies and research activities. Please contact our Recruitment Coordinator, Stephanie Mayers, to learn more:

email: stephanie.mayers@vanderbilt.edu

phone: (615) 875-3175

What are the benefits of participating in clinical research?

  • Participating in research contributes to health knowledge that will help others, including future generations, who may be at risk for memory loss and unhealthy cognitive aging. Many people who participate in research report satisfaction from knowing that they are helping their loved ones or future generations. 
  • When you participate in research, you can receive ongoing feedback about your cognitive health.
  • Research participation provides an opportunity for you to learn more about cognitive aging and memory loss from experts in brain health.
  • When you get involved in research, you can obtain information about clinical resources and community programs to support you and your loved ones in the prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.

How do you join a study?

If you are 55 years of age or older then you may be eligible to join one of our research studies. Our projects seek older adults who have memory problems as well as older adults without any memory problems or complaints. Some studies require only one visit while other studies require multiple visits over time. To learn more about our research opportunities, please contact our Outreach & Recruitment Coordinator, Stephanie Mayers, directly by phone (615-875-3175) or email (stephanie.mayers@vanderbilt.edu).

Is there an alternative way to contribute?

Often we hear from older adults that their schedules or personal demands prevent them from getting involved in one of our studies. If you do not have time to volunteer in one of our studies, you can still contribute to advance our program’s mission with a financial donation. Please contact the Laboratory Director, Dr. Angela Jefferson, at jeffersonlab@vanderbilt.edu or click here to learn more.

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