$44M USF Partnership With Lakeland Center For Brain Research – Patch.com

LAKELAND, FL A five-year $44 million grant has been awarded to the University of South Florida in its partnership with Lakeland's Reliance Medical Centers for the Preventing Alzheimer's with Cognitive Training (PACT) study, a news release said.

The research will examine how computerized brain games might maintain or enhance cognition with aging and reducing the risk of dementia, officials said. Eventually, the study will expand nationwide. The grant was awarded recently by the National Institutes of Health.

USF and Reliance are in need of local volunteers for the study. Participants will be required to initially come two times for in-person study visits. The remainder of the computerized training exercises will be conducted in the comfort of their own home or office. Participants mst be 65 or older with no signs of cognitive impairment or dementia.

Reliance's Lakeland and Winter Haven locations are the two sites for the study. The donated space will be known as the USF-Reliance Optimal Aging Research Laboratory at Reliance Medical Centers.

"Reliance is proud to partner with the renowned team at USF and provide increased accessibility beyond its university sites, allowing more local seniors to access, participate and ultimately benefit directly from brain health research," Roberto Martinez, co-CEO & co-founder of Reliance Medical Centers, said. "We are honored to serve as two of the sites for this ground-breaking study and look forward to furthering our mission to improve quality of life for our seniors everywhere."

Jennifer Lister, Ph.D., PACT study co-investigator and associate dean at the USF College of Behavioral and Community Sciences, said the overarching goal of their work is to promote healthy aging with a focus on brain health. Their mission is to discover and define early markers of dementia to improve prevention and risk reduction.

For more information, or to volunteer, visit http://www.pactstudy.org or call 813-974-6703.

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