SLUCare Geriatric Psychiatry engages in a variety of collaborative basic science and clinical research projects. Our Clinical Research Unit fosters many Phase 2 and 3 drug studies and other research. The division has been a leader in helping to develop promising compounds for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease, depression and related disorders.
A summer research experience for medical and pre-medical students is offered. Recent projects include: "The Use of an Apraxia Screening Tool to Stage Alzheimer's Disease," "Atypical Antipsychotics and the Risk of Diabetes Among Elderly In Nursing Homes," "The Utility of Alzheimer's Hospice," "The Neuroanatomic and Neurochemical Correlates of Problem Behaviors In Dementia: A Brain Bank Study," "An Attenuated Vaccine to A-Beta in the Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease," and "The Use of the Clock Drawing Test to Predict Rehab Potential Post-Stroke."
The division strives to provide state-of-the-art care for older adults and their families with a variety of late-life mental disorders, to help train future experts in late life mental disorders and to contribute via research to our better-understanding of Alzheimer's disease, depression, delirium, psychoses and other disabling geriatric psychiatric syndromes.