OHSU

IRB #

IRB00009937

Title

PVAMC / OHSU J: The Effect of Levodopa on Postural Motor Learning in Parkinson Disease

Principal Investigator

Fay Horak

Study Purpose

The purpose of this study is to better understand how a medication commonly prescribed to people with Parkinson disease (levodopa) affects balance, and how people learn to improve balance.

Medical Condition(s)

Parkinson's Disease. Healthy older adults will also be recruited

Eligibility Criteria

Age 40-90
No neurological disorders other than diagnosed idiopathic Parkinson disease
Ability to stand for at least 1 hour
No orthopaedic injuries which seriously alter gait or balance
History of seizures or epilepsy
No implanted electrical devices (deep brain stimulator, pacemaker, etc).

Age Range

40 - 90

Healthy Volunteers Needed

Yes

Duration of Participation

Individuals with Parkinson disease: 4 visits over 8 weeks
Healthy older adults: 2 visits on consecutive days.

Minors Included

No

Contact

petedani@ohsu.edu

Sponsor

Funding applied for through the National Institutes of Health

Recruitment End

05/26/2015

Compensation Provided

Yes

Compensation

$20 per visit completed
Healthy older adults could be paid a maximum of $40 (2 visits)
Individuals with Parkinson disease could be paid a maximum of $80 (4 visits)


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