NIA Invests $90m into PREVENTABLE Study Determining the Benefits of Statins (atorvastatin) in the Elderly with Duke and Wake Forest Leading the Effort

NIA Invests $90m into PREVENTABLE Study Determining the Benefits of Statins (atorvastatin) in the Elderly with Duke and Wake Forest Leading the Effort

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has funded a major study by a North Carolina initiative including Wake Forest School of Medicine and Duke University Medical Center to investigate overall benefits and risks of cholesterol-lowering drugs knowns as statins in adults age 85 or older without cardiovascular disease. This trial will help determine whether a statin can help prevent dementia and disability in this age group, as well as heart attacks and other cardiovascular-related deaths, while not increasing risks of adverse health outcomes. The sponsors and investigators will tap into the U.S Department of VA and the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network for participants and associated records.

Inclusion of the Elderly in Research

The federal government seeks to increasingly include the elderly in clinical research reported Jeff Williamson, MD, co-principal investigator of the study and professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine (part of Wake Forest Baptist Health). This “patient-centric” study will include at-home features—for example research assistants will visit the participant’s homes for monitoring.

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