Research Roundup – January 2022

Categories: News | Research

Written by P. Brady

Published: February 2, 2022

We have three opportunities for people to take part in Parkinson’s research. 

1. Looking for people recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s

Research teams around the UK, working with Roche Pharmaceuticals, are investigating how effective and safe prasinezumab is for treating early stage Parkinson’s.

Who do the researchers need? 

36 people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s within the last 3 years. You must be only taking one medication for your Parkinson’s.

What’s involved? 

You’ll be asked to attend 20 visits over a year and a half at a centre near you, where you will have a number of assessments performed, be given a smart watch to wear and receive either the active treatment or a placebo.

Your time will be reimbursed and refreshments will be provided at each visit.

For more information, please read the Participant Information Sheet. 

Interested in taking part?

Please go to our Take Part Hub to find the contact details of the research site nearest you.

If you have any questions about the research please contact Elaine Carr-Khan via email Elaine.carr-khan@roche.com before April 2022.

2. Looking for people with Parkinson’s, or similar conditions, over the age of 45

Take part in some research to understand the possible benefits of using gaming to help people stay active. 

This research is being carried out by Aslihan Tece Bayrak, a PhD candidate from the University of Auckland, who is in the process of developing a game for people with conditions such as Parkinson’s. The research aims to understand how this particular game might increase motivation for regular physical activity.

Who do the researchers need? 

600 participants who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s or a similar condition who are over 45 years old.

What’s involved? 

one-off online survey containing  screen shots and short videos of the game, which will take around 15-20 minutes to complete.

Interested in taking part? 

Please read the Participant Information Sheet for more information and then complete the online survey. 

If you have any questions about the research please contact Aslihan on atec298@aucklanduni.ac.nz before 28 February 2022.

3. Looking for people without Parkinson’s 

Opportunity for people to take part as a control group in some research to understand speech and Parkinson’s.

This is part of a study from Elise Oosterhuis, a PhD researcher at Lancaster University, who is interested in investigating the difficulties for people with Parkinson’s in producing words that describe physical actions. 

Who do the researchers need? 

40 people without Parkinson’s, aged between 50-80, with normal to corrected-to-normal vision, native speakers of British English and no history of language or speech disorders or cognitive difficulties. 

Participants must have access to a computer with a microphone and speaker. 

For detailed criteria, please read the Participant Information Sheet.

What’s involved? 

Participants will first be asked to complete a few questionnaires which will take a maximum of 20-30 minutes to complete. In the same week, participants will meet the researcher via an online conference call to complete a motor task using the keyboard and two language tasks. 

All participants will receive a £15 online voucher of their choice upon completion of the 2 sessions.

Interested in taking part? 

Please contact the researcher directly so she can provide you with all the relevant information. You can contact Elise via email e.oosterhuis@lancaster.ac.uk or phone +44 1524 521789 before 31 March 2022. 

These opportunities are not managed by Parkinson’s UK.

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