Clinical Research

We recognize the critical need to research new treatment options. Current medications cannot stop Alzheimer’s disease. These medications may help prevent some symptoms from getting worse. Current research is aiming to halt or reduce the progression of Alzheimer’s disease itself. Additionally, there is a great need for better ways to diagnosis and treat memory problems earlier.

With such big goals, we surely can’t succeed without your help! Each of us must play our part so that Alzheimer’s disease will become just a memory of the past.

Our center is involved in a number of research studies for various stages of Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Several of these studies investigate potential treatments that target the plaques and tangles in the brain. Some studies involve pills, while others use intravenous (IV) infusions. Other trials study the effect of noninvasive treatments and nutritional supplements on Alzheimer’s disease. Some of our studies involve more advanced brain imaging techniques such as PET scans.

We have a number of studies going on at any given time. We invite you to talk with the clinical research experts about studies that are enrolling and to schedule a screening visit.

For more information about our clinical trials, please contact:

 Kelly Rodrigo at (813) 974-4904 or email

Haitham Abulaban at (813) 974-9383 or email


If you would like us to contact you regarding clinical trials,  please complete the clinical trials contact form and someone will call you.

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Please note, medical student volunteers in our clinical research projects are not possible, as the patient hours usually conflict with class and rotation schedules. We have numerous requests and, unfortunately, it is not possible to accommodate everyone who may be interested. Students are welcome to do a clinical rotation through the Byrd Institute, but we can’t involve those students in clinical research other than in an observational capacity.

If you are interested in a student shadowing opportunity, please contact the faculty member you would like to work with directly to learn of the requirements for shadowing a clinician at the institute. If you are looking for a laboratory research assistantship, please contact the faculty researcher directly for available positions.