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NPR Reports on the EXERT Study

By July 20, 2019July 24th, 2019Carousel Slider, Commentary, In the News

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NPR recently spoke on All Things Considered about the EXERT Study, a nationwide clinical trial of exercise led by Carl Cotman, PhD, UCI MIND’s Founding Director, and Laura Baker, PhD, Associate Director of the ADRC at Wake Forest School of Medicine.

The study involves an 18-month exercise program at the local YMCA for 65-89 year-olds with Mild Cognitive Impairment. Throughout the program, researchers look at participants’ cognition, blood flow, atrophy (cell loss), and harmful protein accumulation in the brain. Researchers hope to learn about the clinical effect of exercise, as well as the scientific basis for their findings.

NPR interviewed one study participant, Richard, who says the exercise program changed his life. However, like most clinical trials, EXERT needs more motivated participants like Richard in order to complete the study. The study has already enrolled 200 community members and is seeking 100 more.

To learn more about the EXERT Study, call 949.824.0008 or visit our website.

To read the article and listen to the segment, click here >