Parkinson's Disease Research Studies

June 16, 2023
Parkinson's Disease Research Studies

Parkinson's Disease Research Studies

Having Parkinson’s Disease can be a daunting challenge. But participating in Parkinson’s Disease research studies is one action that can have a number of positive benefits.  Arming yourself with information about Parkinson’s Disease and building a support network are the first steps to building your strategy for success.  And once you've done that, consider the benefits of participating in Parkinson’s Disease research studies.  Not only are you contributing to the greater good by helping to advance scientific understanding and treatment options, but you are taking steps to improve your health.  And being proactive helps combat feelings of helplessness. It also connects you to another level of support and gives you access to doctors and researchers that would otherwise would not be available to you.

Parkinson's Disease Research Studies:  SPARXS 3

Parkinson's Disease Research Studies SPARX3

We are seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical research trial to learn more about the effects of aerobic exercise on people with Parkinson’s disease. 

You may be eligible to participate if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease within the last 3 years and are not taking medication for your PD symptoms
  • You do not plan to start medication for PD within the next 6 months
  • Are willing to take part in a regular treadmill exercise program 4x/week for 18 months  and participate in study visits periodically for 24 months
  • Are 40-80 years old
  • Are not already participating in a structured exercise program

Principal Investigator:  Christopher Hurt, Ph.D.

Department: Physical Therapy If interested

For more information email: 

Participants will be recruited under study number: IRB-300007184

Parkinson's Disease Research Studies:  Speech Accessibility Project

Elderly Man and Woman typing on computer

Share your voice with the Speech Accessibility Project! Now recruiting individuals with Parkinson’s to help commercial speech recognition tools understand diverse voices, including those affected by Parkinson’s and related neurological diagnoses, for example, MSA, PSP, CBD and post-DBS. All personal information safeguarded at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Project funded by Amazon, Apple, Google, Meta, and Microsoft. Record your speech from the comfort of your home. Mentors from LSVT Global are ready to help you through the participation process. Get started today! Participants can earn up to $180. Caregivers can earn up to $90, as well. 

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