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University of Iowa News Release

April 8, 2003

UI Invites People For Memory Study

People age 62 and older who are experiencing mild memory problems are invited to participate in a University of Iowa Health Care study to evaluate the effectiveness of medications that may be beneficial to memory. Eligible participants must otherwise be healthy.

The study will evaluate the effectiveness of donepezil (Aricept) and the herbal supplement ginkgo biloba extract as compared to placebo (inactive substance) on brain function and blood flow.

The study will last approximately one year and involve at least four visits to UI Hospitals and Clinics to complete memory testing and two types of brain scans. All tests and study medications will be provided free of charge. Compensation for travel and parking costs also is available. The study is being led by Susan Schultz, M.D., UI associate professor of psychiatry.

For more information, contact Karen Ekstam Smith, Research Nurse, at (319) 353-5158.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5137 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178

CONTACTS: Media: Becky Soglin, (319) 335-6660, becky-soglin@uiowa.edu
Prospective Study Participants: Karen Ekstam Smith, (319) 353-5158, karen-ekstam-smith@uiowa.edu

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