Dr. Kerwin and her team at Kerwin Medical Center are united around a common cause – finding the cure for Alzheimer’s disease and all other forms of dementia. For our patients, this means that Kerwin Medical Center can serve as a bridge between their diagnosis and an opportunity to help discover the cure through clinical research.
We also recognize the need for reliable information about a diagnosis and the clinical research process. If you have any questions about our services or would like more information on how we can serve and support you, please provide your information below, or call us at the number on the bottom of the page. We want to hear from you.
"Dr. Kerwin and Jennifer Vo are two of the most knowledgeable, compassionate and professional people I have ever met. Alzheimer's is something that has unfortunately affected my family members. I cannot say enough about these two healthcare professionals, as they have devoted so much of their time and lives to finding a cure for Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. They are always on the forefront of research, working diligently to find a way to end the continuing threat of this dreaded, and thus far, incurable disease. With these two dedicated professionals giving their all, I have hope a time will come where we will find comfort in the promise for treatment, instead of a life without our thinking and emotional skills. I highly recommend Kerwin Medical Center."
"From the beginning of our participation in the research we have always looked forward to our monthly visit. The doctor and her entire staff are very knowledgeable and a pleasure to work with. We look forward to our future monthly infusions that seem to have slowed down the effects of Alzheimers and to visit with the doctor and her staff."
"I enjoyed being part of the Alzheimer study and really enjoyed getting to know the staff. It’s a well-run practice with wonderful tools for helping people."
"I participated in an Alzheimer's drug clinical trial with Kerwin Medical Center. I found Dr. Kerwin and the people at Kerwin Medical Center to be very competent, caring and responsive. The clinical trial was a very positive and rewarding experience. I learned a lot during the course of the trial."
"Thank you. I appreciate all you do to help preserve the quality of life."
"The Kerwin Medical Center is a highly skilled professional unit with a positive attitude led by a charismatic leader. We have been associated with Dr. Kerwin on a professional level (CurePSP BOD and Rainwater Tau Consortium), patient, initial and ongoing AbbVie study partner and a friend for five plus years and have the highest regard for her as a professional and individual."
Kerwin Medical Center is excellent in every way. Their team is very knowledgeable and has a passion for finding the causes and cures for Alzheimer’s Disease. When you agree to become a participant in a research study, you become part of the team to prevent and cure this disease that steals the person you love years before they die.
"What makes Kerwin Research a great place is the staff. Everyone is knowledgeable and are caring individuals."
A research study (also known as a clinical trial) is a medical study that is designed to answer questions about the safety of potential new drugs and to find out how well they work. These studies must be performed before a potential new medication or treatment can be approved for use in patients and sold to the general public.
It is important to test drugs and medical products in the people they are meant to help. It is also important to conduct research in a variety of different people because different people may respond differently to treatments.
For each research study, researchers develop eligibility criteria, such as age, gender, previous treatment history, and other medical conditions. Not everyone who applies for a research study will be accepted. Participants will be selected based on the eligibility criteria and the number of participants needed by the researchers.
There is no cost to you or your insurance provider for participating in clinical trials. If you qualify for a study, study-related care would be provided at no cost to you.
No, health insurance is not required in order to participate.
Early symptomatic Alzheimer’s disease causes a slight but noticeable and measurable decline in cognitive abilities. It involves problems with memory, thinking, language, and judgment skills.
(Source: Alzheimer’s Association alz.org )
Memory loss that disrupts life, challenges in planning or problem solving, difficulty completing familiar tasks, confusion with time or place, difficulty with words in speaking or writing, poor judgement and more.
A placebo is a substance with no active drug. In this case, the placebo looks like the investigational drug but does not contain the active ingredient. If you qualify, you will be randomly assigned to either the investigational drug or a placebo. Neither you nor the study staff will know your assignment.
If you pre-qualify, a member of our study team can give you information about your concerns.
All clinical trials follow a protocol that includes different criteria. If you pre-qualify for a trial, a member of our study team can give you information.
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is a medical imaging technique that uses a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body.
The MRI necessity and frequency is determined by the clinical trial you will be on. This information will be discussed with you when a staff member goes over the informed consent with you.
A positron emission tomography (PET) scan is an imaging test that helps reveal how your tissues and organs are functioning. A PET scan uses a radioactive drug (tracer) to show the differences in normal and abnormal function.
The PET scan necessity and frequency is determined by the clinical trial you will be on. This information will be discussed with you when a staff member goes over the informed consent with you.
A lumbar puncture (spinal tap) is performed in your lower back, in the lumbar region. During a lumbar puncture, a needle is inserted between two lumbar bones (vertebrae) to remove a sample of cerebrospinal fluid. This is the fluid that surrounds your brain and spinal cord to protect them from injury.
The lumbar puncture necessity and frequency is determined by the clinical trial you will be on. This information will be discussed with you when a staff member goes over the informed consent with you.
(Source: Lumbar puncture (spinal tap) – Mayo Clinic )
Participation is strictly voluntary. If you agree to participate in the clinical research study, you may stop at any time.
The pre-screen visit is to gather information and to get to know you better. We do ask that the pre-screen packet be completed and brought in to the scheduled appointment visit.
What to expect during the visit:
Your pre-screen evaluation will be reviewed by our study team and you may be matched to a qualifying trial. At that point, you will be connected with the Clinical Research Coordinator that will guide you to the next step.