Scientists at NINDS seek persons with Parkinson's disease for a research study. In the study, investigators will use a device to see if stimulation of certain areas of the brain, along with medication, will temporarily improve movement, balance, and walking. The study will last approximately 4 weeks and include 8 stimulation sessions. Each session will last approximately 1 hour.
Eligible participants must be 40 to 80 years of age and be taking an L-DOPA medication such as Sinemet. Persons who have metal implants in their body, other significant medical or psychiatric illnesses, or a history of seizures are not eligible.
The study will take place at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, MD. Compensation is provided to all participants. There is no cost for participation or for any tests associated with the research. All study-related expenses will be paid by NIH. This study is conducted under safety and testing standards of the Department of Health and Human Services.
For more information, contact Dr. Mikhail Lomarev, Human Motor Control Section, Medical Neurology Branch, NINDS, NIH; telephone: 301-594-0937 or 301-435-8518; fax: 301-480-2286; email: LomarevM@ninds.nih.gov. Please refer to study 03-N-0116