On Trial — Everything you need to know about participating in research
Two years ago, Joanne McGrath’s father sent her an article on dementia. The piece profiled University of Calgary researcher Dr. Marc Poulin and his study, “Brain in Motion I.” Its objective was to assess the effects of exercise on brain health, including cerebrovascular and cognitive functions with the help of research participants. At the time, McGrath’s mother was living with dementia, and her father was his wife’s primary caregiver. McGrath clicked on a link at the bottom of the article, curious about participating in the study. For one, McGrath met the criteria: she was between the ages of 50 and 80, and, due to the diagnosis of a first-degree relative, she was at increased risk of developing dementia. Two, the study meant engaging in a more physically active lifestyle. Who wouldn’t benefit from becoming more physically active? And three, well, it was for a greater good. “My mom has dementia, research is the key, so let’s sign up,” she thought.