Studying Automatic Movements in Patients With Parkinson's Disease
Parkinson's disease patients usually have difficulty making automatic movements. Automatic movements are movements people often make without conscious thought.
The purpose of this study is to investigate regions of the brain that affect automatic movements and to understand the movements of Parkinson's patients. Investigators hope this knowledge will lead to better treatment for the disease.
Thirty participants will be enrolled in this study. Each will give a medical history and undergo a brief physical exam. Participants will have two MRI scans, each lasting approximately 1.5 hours. During these scans, they may be asked to move their right or left hands or to remember some letters that they have been shown. Before undergoing the second scan, participants will be asked to practice the tasks until they can perform them correctly.
|Official Title:||A Neuroimaging Study of Automatic Movements in Patients With Parkinson's Disease|
|Study Start Date:||June 2003|
|Estimated Study Completion Date:||May 2005|
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00063661
|United States, Maryland|
|National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)|
|Bethesda, Maryland, United States, 20892|