Memory Improvement Through Nicotine Dosing

Dr. Paul Newhouse discusses national memory treatment study using nicotine patches.

While we are all forgetful from time to time, as we age we expect to retain our ability to think and remember.   However, some people experience significant changes in their memory. Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is diagnosed when memory problems become more apparent than would be expected in normal aging. Symptoms of MCI include memory loss, problems with attention, as well as mild difficulties learning and retaining new information.  Individuals with MCI have an increased risk of progressing to Alzheimer’s disease.

Are you having concerns about your memory or someone else’s? 

Vanderbilt University and the University of Southern California’s Alzheimer’s Therapeutic Research Institute (USC ATRI) are conducting a new treatment study for MCI, funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation. 

Non-smoking adults, ages 55+, who either notice changes in their memory or whose family members notice memory changes may be eligible to participate.  The purpose of this study is to determine whether nicotine (in patch form) improves memory and functioning in adults diagnosed with MCI.