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Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, Berma Research Group and Segal Institute for Clinical Research Enrolling Local Patients in Study of Investigational Therapy to Treat Alzheimer's Disease
Date:11/12/2008

MIAMI, Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- The Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, Berma Research Group, and Segal Institute for Clinical Research today announced that they are actively enrolling patients in the CONNECTION study, a Phase 3 clinical trial that is evaluating the safety and efficacy of the investigational drug Dimebon as a treatment for mild-to-moderate Alzheimer's disease.

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 disease that destroys brain cells and affects areas of the brain involved in memory, cognition, judgment, language and behavior. As the baby boomer population ages, the incidence of Alzheimer's disease is expected to increase dramatically. Currently available therapies for Alzheimer's treat the symptoms with modest effect, and there is no evidence that these medications alter the course of the underlying disease process.

"New therapies are urgently needed to more effectively treat the symptoms of Alzheimer's disease," said Dr. Marc Agronin, director of mental health services at the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital and associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. "Results from a previous study of Dimebon in Alzheimer's disease were encouraging, and we look forward to further assessing Dimebon's promise in the fight against Alzheimer's disease in the CONNECTION study. We encourage local patients and caregivers to learn more about this trial."

About Dimebon

Dimebon is an investigational therapy in clinical development for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. It targets Alzheimer's disease differently than currently available therapies. Mitochondria (a cell's primary source of energy) are the target of Dimebon's mechanism of action.

Medivation, Inc., the company developing Dimebon and sponsoring the CONNECTION study, previously announced
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