Clinical Research is the only way we can evaluate how well new medications work. It also gives us a window into the basic causes and processes of the disease, your body's ability to process medications and how Parkinson's disturbs your body's movements.
Research also teaches us how to help people taking care of loved ones with Parkinson's disease and how healthcare providers can take better care of their patients.
The OHSU Parkinson Center is a national leader in Parkinson's disease research and recognized as a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence. We are involved in many studies that are fully recruited and others that are being planned.
The following Parkinson’s disease (PD) research studies are currently looking for participants:
Balance and gait studies
Early PD (not on PD medications)
Healthy volunteersThe Parkinson's progression markers initiative (PPMI)
Projects already fully recruited include studies on:
- Drugs to delay progression, new symptomatic drugs
- Family care research
- Fatigue, sleep
- Balance falls
- Magnetic stimulation