Due to the recent decrease in positive COVID-19 cases in Colorado and the placement of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, and many other counties at a COVID-19 Level Orange status, changes have been made to the CU Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center in-person research visits.
Research study availability has been expanded, on a study-by-study basis. Consistent with University guidelines, in-person study visits that were initially paused on December 1, 2020 will begin seeing participants again. Our staff will be calling affected participants over the next few weeks to schedule in-person appointments. Additionally, we will also resume enrollment for new participants at this time. For study-specific questions, please contact the coordinator for your study of interest.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to adapt to this rapidly evolving situation. As always, our research participants’ safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we will always put that first. We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will update our research studies and clinical practices accordingly, as necessary.
For your safety, we are taking the following COVID-19 safety precautions:
- All study investigators, coordinators, staff and participants in our research areas are wearing masks, and we’ll also provide a mask to you if you do not already have one. If you have a mask, please put it on as soon as you leave your car to come to your visit.
- We also require all of our employees to undergo a screening and temperature checks themselves for symptoms daily before they come into work.
- All participants are screened for symptoms and exposure the day before their visit and again the day of their research visit. All participants will have their temperature checked before entering research areas.
- We are following meticulous infection control practices, including disinfection of research areas and materials before and after participant use.
- We’re also being careful about who we ask to come for in-person study visits, and when possible are using telephone or video conferencing to reduce the amount of time you spend with us in person and the number of research participants coming in for a visit at the same time.
- You will only come to campus for study procedures that cannot be completed virtually such as cognitive testing, lumbar punctures, blood draws, MRI’s, etc.
- We are asking participants not to bring their study partner with them unless there is a medical or physical need for that person’s assistance. If there is a need, we are limiting the number of visitors accompanying people for their study visits to 1 and they will be required to follow the same safety rules.
- We will refrain from shaking your hand and maintain a 6 foot distance as much as possible.
- For the cognitive testing portion of the visit, where we cannot maintain 6 feet of distance, a plexi-glass barrier and HEPA air filtration system will be used, to maximize safety.
We appreciate your understanding and patience as we continue to adapt to this rapidly evolving situation. As always, our patients’ and our research participants’ safety is of the utmost importance to us, and we will always put that first. We will continue to monitor the spread of COVID-19 and will update our research studies and clinical practices accordingly, as necessary.
The Colorado Aging Brain Lab is composed of a team of researchers dedicated to understanding the neuroscience of the aging brain through an array of observational studies. As a part of the CU Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical campus, the goal of our laboratory is to better understand what puts us at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, as well as what protects us from Alzheimer’s disease. We believe we have as much to learn from individuals who are healthy and have no symptoms of a memory disorder as we do from individuals who are experiencing cognitive decline as they grow older.
University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center (CUACC)
The Colorado Aging Brain lab is one of the research laboratories that makes up the University of Colorado Alzheimer’s and Cognition Center at the Anschutz Medical Campus. This center is the regional headquarters for dementia research and clinical care. To learn more about how our lab fits into the CUACC’s vision to contribute to the end of Alzheimer’s disease, click here.