Volunteering for the Study of Aging is a simple process that we believe you will find informative and rewarding.
The study staff will call you to discuss the study details. They will briefly describe the expectations of the study and review the eligibility criteria. If you meet the eligibility criteria and are interested in moving forward, you will be scheduled for a Baseline Exam.
The initial appointment or baseline exam at the Gertrude C. Ford MIND Research Clinic is for both you and our research team to gather important information. Please allow 3 – 5 hours for this visit.
After the details and procedures of the study are explained to you, an informed consent process will take place during the initial appointment. Once you sign the informed consent document and agree to participate in the study, the study staff will complete the remaining baseline screening. This will include obtaining demographic, health care, general medical history, and physical function information. A neurological and neurocognitive exam will be administered and blood and urine samples will be collected.
In-person follow-up exams will take place at the Gertrude C. Ford MIND Research Clinic about every 15 – 24 months after you are enrolled in the study.
The study staff are always available to take your calls between study visits if you have questions. Please feel free to contact us at (601) 984-6654 or StudyofAging@umc.edu.