U of Calgary seeks brain study volunteers
The University of Calgary needs 250 older couch potatoes for its Brain in Motion study.
Researchers are looking for 55- to 75-year-olds who don't normally exercise for a study that will look at how memory and thinking skills are affected by blood flow to the brain.
"The unique part of our study is trying to understand the changes in blood flow in the brain that take place with exercise, and we believe that it is this change in blood flow that may play a part in helping to maintain cognition," said Dr. Marc Poulin, a University of Calgary associate professor in the faculties of medicine and kinesiology.
Very few studies have focussed on exercise and blood flow, Poulin said.
Volunteers, who will get a free six-month membership to the university gym and support from a fitness trainer, will follow an exercise plan and take tests during the 18-month study.
Retired nurse Pat Graham has volunteered to take part in the study.
"I'm hoping that I will be more fit than when I started and that the research team gets some important information from our participation," she said.
To participate, call project manager Natalie St-Denis at 403-210-7315.