Data Management Unit
Dietary Modulation of Neuroinflammation
in Age-Related Memory Disorders
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Welcome to the Cocoa Flavanols and Memory Study. This study examines the effect of dietary flavanols on brain activity. Flavanols are plant-based nutrients found in cocoa beans, grapes, tea, berries and other fruits and vegetables. In this study, the flavanols come from cocoa and are taken in capsule form every day for a 12-week period.

Study summary:

During an online Consent Appointment, you will read and sign the informed consent form then complete some evaluations to determine initial eligibility.

Before and after the 12 weeks of flavanol intake, you will complete the following:
  1. A series of computer-based and paper/pencil tests to assess memory and attention.
  2. A fasting blood draw.
  3. MRl scans of your brain using a contrast agent called Gadolinium.
Some of these assessments are completed online but some require a visit to the medical center.

This study is voluntary. You do not have to participate if you do not want to and you may stop at any time.

To see if you are eligible, please complete this brief survey. It will take only about 10 minutes. Start by clicking the arrow on the right, below. Move through the survey by clicking on the arrows at the bottom of each screen. Please make sure that you are in a private location. All questions are required. You may stop the survey at any time by closing the tab on your browser.

If you are initially eligible, we will contact you with more information about participating.

The information you provide is confidential, stored on secure computers at Columbia University Medical Center, and available only to authorized study personnel.

If you have any questions, please contact us at or (646) 774-8952.

Thank you for your interest!

Thank you for your interest. We are pausing our recruitment. Please check back later.

Department of Biostatistics

Data Management Unit
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