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Clinical Trials & Research Opportunities

The APDA Information & Referral Center at BUMC is pleased to maintain this area for your convenient access to basic information on research studies on-going at various movement disorder centers. Although the APDA has not individually reviewed or specifically endorsed each study posted here, each has been reviewed and approved by the Institutional Review Board at its respective medical center. For further information on any study posted here, please utilize the specific contact information provided with the description of the actual study in which you are interested. As always, consult your physician to discuss the individual benefits and risks of each study prior to participating.

To increase your awareness and connect with ongoing research and clinical trials visit:

To submit trial information please correspond with Cathi Thomas RN, MS at information@apdama.org.


Fox Investigation for New Discovery of PD Biomarkers (BioFIND)

INSTITUTION: Boston University Medical Center
PRIMARY CONTACT: Raymond C. James, RN, BS (617) 638-7745 rcjames@bu.edu
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Mobile Health Technology to Promote Physical Activity in Persons with Parkinson Disease

INSTITUTION: Boston University Center for Neurorehabilitation
PRIMARY CONTACT: (617) 358-6157 buwalkstudy@gmail.com 
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Biological Motion Perception in Parkinson's Disease

INSTITUTION: Boston University
PRIMARY CONTACT: (617) 353-6476 BUbiomotion@gmail.com
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Social Self-Management of Parkinson's Disease

INSTITUTION: Tufts University & Boston University Medical Center
PRIMARY CONTACT: (617) 638-7737
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Tai Chi for Enhancing Balance, Walking, & Memory in Parkinson's Disease

INSTITUTION: Brigham & Women's Hospital, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, & Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
PRIMARY CONTACT: Kamila Osypiuk (617) 525-8738 kosypiuk@partners.org
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Study on Inhalable Parkinson's Medication

INSTITUTION: Boston University Medical Center
PRIMARY CONTACT: Raymond C. James, RN, BS (617) 638-7745 rcjames@bu.edu
RECRUITMENT: complete


Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative Study (PPMI)

INSTITUTION: Boston University Medical Center
PRIMARY CONTACT: Raymond C. James, RN, BS (617) 638-7745 rcjames@bu.edu
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Effects of Parkinson's Disease on Perception, Cognition, and Gait

INSTITUTION: Boston University
CONTACT: Vision & Cognition Lab (617) 353-6476
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Study on the Health of Caregivers to Relatives with Parkinson’s Disease & Related Movement Disorders

INSTITUTION: Boston University Medical Center
CONTACT: Denyse Turpin, RN, MPH (617) 638-7736
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Speech and Swallowing Function in PD

INSTITUTION: Boston University
CONTACT: stepplab@gmail.com or (617) 358-1395
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Xeomin® for Excessive Salivation

INSTITUTION: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
CONTACT: Tom Geisbush (617) 667-3053
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Cognitive Skills in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s Disease

INSTITUTION: Massachusetts General Hospital
CONTACT: Franziska Hoche (617) 726-3669 fhoche@partners.org
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Sleep and Ramelteon

INSTITUTION: Massachusetts General Hospital
CONTACT: Dr. Kaloyan Tanev (617) 726-7511
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Brain & Thought Processes in Parkinson's Disease

INSTITUTION: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
CONTACT: bnl@mit.edu (617) 253-7437
RECRUITMENT: complete


Parkinson's Disease Sleep Study

INSTITUTION: University of Massachusetts
CONTACT: Rebecca Spencer (413) 545-4831
RECRUITMENT: ongoing


Learning & Movement in Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders

INSTITUTION: University of Massachusetts
CONTACT: Bengi Baran (413) 545-4831
RECRUITMENT: ongoing