A clinical research study for agitation associated with Alzheimer's disease

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Are you caring for a loved one with agitation due to Alzheimer's disease?
What is the TRIAD® Research Study?

The TRIAD Research Study is currently evaluating an investigational medication that may reduce symptoms of agitation due to Alzheimer's disease.

Agitation due to Alzheimer's disease can be extremely disruptive and potentially harmful to you and your loved one. Aggression, which can be both physical and verbal, plays a major role in agitation. Aggressive behaviors can make caring for your loved one intimidating and stressful. At this time, the FDA has not approved any medications to treat agitation in Alzheimer's disease.

Your loved one's participation could help advance new treatment options in the future for this difficult condition.


Agitation affects almost 4.3 million of the 5.4 million people with Alzheimer's disease.

To be eligible for this study, patients must:
  • Have moderate to severe agitation due to Alzheimer's disease
  • Be between 50 to 90 years of age
  • Have a caregiver able to attend all study visits

Qualified participants will be required to attend 8 clinic visits over approximately 16 weeks with their caregiver. In addition to evaluations, each study visit will also provide an opportunity for the participant and caregiver to meet with the study team, address any questions they may have, and share their experiences.

The study will include:
  • Study-related medical exams and assessments at no cost
  • Potential compensation for time and travel
In addition:

Certain qualified paricipants may have an opportunity to receive the investigational medication for an additional year, as part of an extension study.

See if your loved one may qualify for the TRIAD® Study
Has your loved one been diagnosed with probable Alzheimer's disease?
Is your loved one between 50 and 90 years of age?
Does your loved one consistently experience any of the following behaviors?
Excessive motor activity, such as waving arms, pacing, or fidgeting
Verbal aggression, such as shouting, swearing, or making threats
Physical aggression, such as hitting, pinching, scratching, or biting
As the caregiver,* are you willing and able to take your loved one to 8 appointments over approximately 16 weeks?

If you anticipate having a hard time getting your loved one to and from study appointments, you can talk with the study team (doctor and staff) at the study site. They may be able to assist with transportation issues.

*Caregiver can be a friend, family member or nursing staff from an assisted living facility. Caregiver must spend a minimum of 2 hours per day for 4 days per week with the study patient.

About Agitation in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that damages brain cells and impacts important mental functions such as memory, thinking, and behavior. As the brain cells deteriorate, memory and mental function steadily decline. People with Alzheimer’s disease may begin to exhibit behaviors that are not typical of their personality.

Common behaviors associated with agitation in Alzheimer’s disease are irritability, hostility, physical and verbal aggression, an uncooperative attitude, wandering, and pacing. Unpredictable outbursts can place additional strain on caregivers and diminish the quality of life for both caregivers and their loved ones.

Currently, there are no medications approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat agitation in Alzheimer's disease.

Caring for a loved one with agitation due to Alzheimer's disease can be a challenge. For more information about the condition and for additional caregiver resources please visit our Other Resources page.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Can my loved one still participate if he or she lives in a nursing home?
Yes. Patients who live at home, in an assisted living facility, or skilled nursing home are eligible for participation in the study.
What if I have a hard time getting my loved one to and from the study appointments due to transportation issues?
Talk with the study team (doctor and staff) at the study site. They may be able to help assist with transportation issues.
Can my loved one still see his or her regular doctor(s) during the research study period?
Yes. Your loved one can still continue regular visits with his or her doctor(s). You or the study team can notify your loved one's regular doctor of his or her participation in the research study.
Will my loved one be able to stay on his or her current Alzheimer’s medications?
Your loved one may be able to stay on his or her current medication. The study team will discuss your loved one’s current medication and potential participation in the study.
What is unique about agitation associated with Alzheimer's disease?
There are currently no FDA-approved medications to treat agitation in Alzheimer's disease.

Curbing the agitation and disruptive behavior could be an important step in helping patients behave more like themselves. Therefore, caregivers may feel less distressed and be more able to provide adequate care.
What is a research study?
Research studies are medical or health-related studies in which participants help test the safety and effectiveness of an investigational medication. These studies follow a strict protocol (a written plan of action).
What is an investigational medication?
An investigational medication is a drug not yet approved for marketing by the FDA or other global government offices. It is available only for use in research studies to determine its safety and effectiveness in humans.
How does a research study work?
The participant's health history and current status will be checked at the beginning of the research study. If your loved one seems eligible to participate, you will receive instructions for what you will need to do as the caregiver. Each participant will be monitored carefully throughout the research study by the study team (doctor and staff).
How will my loved one’s rights and medical safety as a study participant be protected during the research study?
Research studies must follow strict ethical and legal standards. In addition, the US federal government and other global health authorities regulate clinical research with built-in safeguards to protect study participants.
Can my loved one stop participating in the research study before the study is completed?
Yes. Participants can withdraw from the study at any time. If you wish to withdraw your loved one from the study, you will be asked to notify the study team, give your reasons for the participant stopping the study, and follow through with the study exit process.
What if I am interested in learning more about the investigational medication?
The study team will give you additional information about the investigational medication on the consent form. They will also explain potential side effects, risks, and benefits from participating in this study.
Other Resources

If you would like to learn more about agitation in Alzheimer's disease, please visit:

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) has information about Alzheimer’s disease and agitation, as well as caregiving resources and support groups

The Alzheimer’s Association is the world’s leading health organization in Alzheimer's disease care, support, and research

Caring for a loved one with agitation due to Alzheimer’s disease can be challenging. If you are a caregiver seeking advice and resources, please visit:

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN) is dedicated to providing education, support, and resources to family caregivers

The Alzheimer’s Care Resource Center is committed to helping navigate the challenges of caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease

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