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The EXERT Study: Building Memories through Exercise

Help researchers identify the right dose of exercise for people with mild memory problems


What is the EXERT Study?

  • EXERT is a national, 18-month long, clinical trial to test whether physical exercise can slow the progression of early Alzheimer’s disease related memory problems or mild cognitive impairment in older adults. EXERT is taking place at 15 academic medical centers and YMCA’s in the US.

Who Can Participate in the EXERT Study?

  • Adults between the ages of 65 and 89 years who:
    • Are experiencing mild memory loss or lapses and/or are diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment
    • Have not been exercising regularly
    • Are in good health otherwise

What’s Great about EXERT for Participants?

  • An 18-month membership to a participating YMCA
    • A personal trainer for 12 months
    • A personalized exercise program
    • A chance to feel better ~and~ have fun!
Academic Medical Centers and Specialty Clinics Participating in the EXERT Study
StateCitySiteContactTelephoneEmail
CAIrvineUniversity of California, IrvineBeatriz Yanez(949)824-3250byanez@uci.edu
CAPalo AltoStanford University School of MedicineMarisol Hernandez(650)493-5000 ext 65992Marisol.Hernandez2@va.gov
CTNew HavenYale University School of MedicineEmily Kemp(203)764-8100emily.kemp@yale.edu
GAAtlantaEmory UniversityTamara Attis(404)712-6914tattis@emory.edu
ILChicagoRush University Medical CenterJudy Phillips(312)942-4617Judy_Phillips@rush.edu
KSKansas CityUniversity of KansasCasey John, MS(913)945-7672cjohn@kumc.edu
KYLexingtonUniversity of KentuckyMolly Harper(859)323-2978Molly.Harper@uky.edu
NCDurhamDuke University Medical Center   
NCWinston-SalemWake Forest University Health SciencesCamillia Martin(336)713-8010cammarti@wakehealth.edu
NVLas VegasCleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain HealthErika Crawford(702)462-6804CRAWFOE2@ccf.org
NYNew YorkMount Sinai School of Medicine   
NYNew YorkNew York University Medical Center   
TXFort WorthUniversity of North Texas Health Science CenterKimberly Brown or Kamiah Moss(817)735-2694kim.brown@unthsc.edu kamiah.moss@unthsc.edu
WIMadisonUniversity of WisconsinTammy Gunderson(608)265-6339tlgunder@medicine.wisc.edu

Questions about EXERT?

Please email brainlink@ucsd.edu