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Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Sun Health Research Institute Enrolling Local Patients in Study of Investigational Therapy to Treat Alzheimer's Disease
Date:6/9/2008

- Data from Pivotal Study Highlighted at Recent Arizona Alzheimer's

Consortium Annual Conference in Phoenix -

PHOENIX and SUN CITY, Ariz., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Sun Health Research Institute today announced that they are actively enrolling patients in a new study of the investigational drug Dimebon(TM) for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. The study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of Dimebon in patients with Alzheimer's disease taken in combination with Aricept(R) (donepezil HCI tablets), an FDA-approved Alzheimer's treatment.

According to new estimates from the Alzheimer's Association, more than 5 million people in the United States are living with Alzheimer's disease, a progressive, debilitating and deadly neurodegenerative disease that destroys brain cells and affects areas of the brain involved in memory, cognition, judgment, language and behavior. Currently available therapies for Alzheimer's treat the symptoms with modest effect in most patients; new therapies are urgently needed.

Results from a one-year study of Dimebon in mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease -- showing statistically significant improvements in memory, thinking, function and behavior -- were highlighted at the recent 2008 Arizona Alzheimer's Consortium (AAC) Annual Conference, a community service event. Banner Alzheimer's Institute and Sun Health Research Institute are both members of the Consortium.

"We are encouraged by the results Dimebon has shown in clinical studies to date and believe it is imperative to fully assess its promise in the fight against Alzheimer's disease," said Pierre N. Tariot, M.D., director, Memory Disorders Center, Banner Alzheimer's Institute. "We are pleased to be participating in this study."

"As the baby boomer population ages, the incidence of Alzheimer's will dramatically increase. We must find innovative ways to treat this devastating disease and slow its pr
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