Volunteers needed to assess impact of high blood pressure on brain

Source: LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center Facebook page
Source: LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center Facebook page
Updated: May. 14, 2018 at 6:30 PM CDT
Email This Link
Share on Pinterest
Share on LinkedIn

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center is looking for elderly volunteers for a study to assess the effects of high blood pressure on brain health.
In the rrAD study, researchers will evaluate whether exercise, blood pressure medications, or the combination of both could help reduce the risk of developing dementia in people who do not show signs of Alzheimer's disease.

RELATED: Learn more about LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Scientists at Pennington Biomedical are working to better understand the potential links between high blood pressure and the future risk for developing dementia.

The rrAD research study will enroll participants who do not currently have dementia, but who do have hypertension (high blood pressure) to assess if exercise, blood pressure medications or a combination of both treatments could reduce cognitive decline (memory loss) and reduce the future risk of developing dementia.


  • 2 screening visits
  • 3 introductory visits
  • 3 or more weekly exercise visits (scheduled over a 2-year period)
  • 4 study visits (one every 6 months for a 2-year period)
  • 3 follow-up visits
  • Participation in this study will last approximately two years.


  • Health assessment/vital signs (blood pressure, pulse, etc.)
  • Questionnaires
  • Physical and neurological examinations
  • Test for heart health (ECG)
  • Exercise and physical performance testing
  • Blood tests
  • Imaging (MRI)
  • Ultrasound


  • Be between the ages of 60-85 years old
  • Have concerns about memory loss or have an immediate relative with a diagnosis of dementia
  • Have high blood pressure or be on medication for high blood pressure
  • Have a primary care physician

Total compensation for the completion of this study is $750.

Interested volunteers may call 225-763-2973 or email dementia@pbrc.edu.

Copyright 2018 WAFB. All rights reserved.