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Clinical Trials Offer Hope and Guide Treatment Plans

Medical advances in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson's Disease (PD) offer hope to patients and families while also guiding the treatment plans developed by our team of PD specialists. That's why we actively participate in multi-center clinical trials evaluating new treatments for PD.

  • We are members of the Parkinson Study Group, a national consortium of PD centers which carries out multi-center clinical trails of new medications for the treatment of PD.
  • We participate in several other leading-edge clinical research studies of new medications for PD.
  • We are actively participating in a National Institutes of Health initiative to identify therapies that may slow the progression of PD.
  • We are a National Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence, which provides us with access to funding for clinical research, community outreach, and educational projects.

Current Research Studies Available

Current Research Studies Available

We are currently recruiting for the following research studies:
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The purpose of this research study to study brain changes in people with essential tremor or Parkinsonian tremor. The study will involve participating in one study visit. During the study visit researchers will assess tremor in the clinic using neurological history and exam and sensors attached to computers. Volunteers will also be asked to have blood drawn for genetic testing. If subjects are eligible, during the visit, a brain MRI exam will be performed in the MRI suite. Researchers will measure changes in brain structure to see if they are related to essential tremor or Parkinsonian tremor. You may be eligible for this study if you have a diagnosis of essential tremor or parkinsonian tremor with tremor in your hands and/or other body parts, are not pregnant and have no medical devices or metal in the body which are not MRI-compatible. You will receive free parking, $50 for the clinical visit and $50 for the MRI if eligible.

If you ae interested you can contact Max Newlon – or 617-667-4746.


The purpose of the study is to learn more about how deep brain stimulators affect oxygen levels in the brain. To participate you must be at least 18 years old, be diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and have a subthalamic deep brain stimulator. The study involves spending a day with study staff who will measure brain oxygen levels using a non-invasive device. The device uses two adhesive sensors placed on the forehead to take measurements. Subjects will have measurements taken while on and off their medications and while their deep brain stimulators are in the on and off state. The study visit will take a full day or from about 8:30am until 4:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break in the middle. You will receive free parking, and $25 in compensation for lunch expenses.

If you are interested you can contact Max Newlon – or 617-667-4746.

Dystonia Coalition:

The Dystonia Coalition is an international collaboration of medical researchers and patient advocacy groups with a mission to advance the pace of clinical and translational research in the dystonias to find better treatments and a cure. To participate you must be at least 18 years old and be diagnosed with one of the following primary dystonias: Focal dystonia including cranial dystonia/Meige Syndrome (including blepharospasm), jaw or tongue dystonia, laryngeal dystonia (including spasmodic dysphonia) with diagnosis confirmed by nasolaryngoscopy, cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis), limb dystonia (including writer’s cramp and musician’s dystonia), Segmental Dystonia, Generalized Dystonia, or Hemi-Dystonia. Your last injection of botulinum toxin should be at least 2 months prior to study visit and you must not have evidence of a secondary cause for dystonia. During the study visit you will answer some questionnaires about your medical and family history, have a neurological exam that will be videotaped, and donate about 4 tablespoons of blood. The entire visit takes about 60-90 minutes and you will receive free parking for your visit.  

If you are interested please contact Max Newlon – or 617-667-4746.

Determine Your Eligibility and Ask Questions

To determine your eligibility and ask any questions you may have, please contact Althea Silver, RN, BSN, MPH at or 617-667-9885. There is no cost to you for study visits or study-related care.

Contact Information

Althea Silver, MPH, BSN, RN, Research Coordinator
Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Clinic
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro Clinical Center, 809D
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-667-9885 

Contact Information

Althea Silver, MPH, BSN, RN
Department of Neurology
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Shapiro 809D
330 Brookline Ave
Boston, MA 02215

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