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Effects of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on gait in people with Parkinson’s disease 

Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) is widely used in neuroscientific and clinical research and is known to improve movement abilities in people with and without Parkinson’s disease (PD). The aim of this research project is to examine whether gait and balance can be improved in people with and without PD using transcranial Direct Current Stimulation.

Eligible participants:
The study requires people with and without PD, 18-80 years old who are able to walk without assistance. You should not be pregnant, have uncontrolled blood pressure (hypotension or hypertension), any musculoskeletal disorders, functional limitations associated with osteoporosis, or have had orthopaedic surgery within the last 12 months. You should not have had brain surgery, have no metal implants in your head, have no history of epilepsy, migraines or neural trauma and should not be taking any psychoactive medications.

The research will be conducted at the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation (IHBI), 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove. Participation will involve four visits as follows:

Visit 1 (60 minutes): Clinical Assessment

  • Cognitive function assessment
  • Visual function tests
  • Lower Limb sensation
  • Clinical balance and mobility tests

Visit 2-4 (120 minutes, each visit): gait and muscle activity recording and intervention
Your walking gait will be recorded by a motion capture system while you are walking over ground. At the same time, muscle activity will be examined using surface Electromyography which requires electrodes to be placed over your leg muscles. This may require some hair to be shaved from the skin over your leg muscles using single-use disposal safety razor. After recording gait and muscle activity, electrodes will be placed on your head and you will be asked to walk on a treadmill for 20 minutes at your comfortable speed. While you will have electrodes placed on your head, you may experience a brief tingling sensation which arrives from the battery driven stimulator. This stimulation is only increased to 1 mA over 10 seconds in two of the three intervention sessions and continues for 20 minutes. For the other session, stimulation will be stopped after 10 seconds.

In each session, immediately after applying tDCS, gait and muscle activity recordings and clinical balance tests will be repeated.

For more information or if you would like to participate in the study please contact Mrs Vida Alizad on 07 3138 6304 or email v.alizad@qut.edu.au.

Please note that this study has been approved by the QUT Human Research Ethics Committee (approval number 1500001094).


 

Improving postural stability and reducing falls risk in people with Parkinson’s disease using textured insoles.

You are invited to participate in a study that will improve our understanding of how to prevent falls in older people and people with Parkinson’s disease.

Who is eligible?

  • Community dwelling older people aged 55 to 85 years
  • People with Parkinson’s disease without deep brain stimulation
  • Able to walk without assistance

What does this study involve for me?

  • Some participants will be asked to wear personally fitted insoles for 6 months
  • Keep a diary of your activity, balance and falls
  • Before you start wearing the insoles and after six months, visit the QUT Kelvin Grove campus over a two-day period to participate in balance, walking and nerve function tests.

Are there any risks for me in taking part?
Fatigue during testing and loss of balance or fall during walking assessments Strategies are in place to manage these risks and ensure your safery, such as breaks as required to prevent fatigue

What are the benefits?
You will gain a better understanding of your balance and walking abilities

If you would like to participate or require further information, please contact:
Mr Roger Pegoraro
Phone:  07 3138 6305
Email:  r.pegoraro@qut.edu.au         

QUT Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number 1300000584.


The experiences of those living with neurological conditions during Tropical Cyclone Yasi or Debbie – Participants required

Do you have a neurological condition such as Parkinson’s?

Did you experience tropical cyclone Yasi or Debbie? If so, we would like to hear your story.

Jenny Quaill is a postgraduate James Cook University student researching the experiences of people with neurological conditions during Tropical Cyclone Yasi or Debbie.

She is looking for people who are happy to share their experiences of the cyclone in an interview that will take about 1 hour, in August. This research will help to inform disaster preparedness activities for people with disabilities.

If you have a neurological condition or know someone who has, and would like to participate, please contact:
Jenny Quaill: Mobile: 0447 299 304, Email: jennifermaree.quaill@my.jcu.edu.au

For more information download the PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET.
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A Non-Drug Treatment Trial for Anxiety in Parkinson’s disease – Participants required

  • Do you have Parkinson’s disease?
  • Feeling anxious?

We invite persons with Parkinson’s disease and their partner/caregiver to consider participating in our Parkinson’s disease research study examining a non-drug treatment to reduce anxiety. If you don’t have a caregiver/partner or if your caregiver/partner declines to participate, you can still participate in this clinical trial.

What is required of you?

  • Complete questionnaires sent to you
  • Attend clinical interviews before and after the trial at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research
  • Participate in 6 weekly sessions of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy lasting for 1.5 hours each

If you are interested in taking part in this study or if you want to know more, please contact:

Dr Nadeeka Dissanayaka or Ms Tiffany Au
Address: Level 3, University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research,
Building 71/918, Royal Brisbane & Women’s Hospital, Herston QLD 4029
Telephone: (07) 33465577, Email: n.dissanayaka@uq.edu.au or t.au@uq.edu.au


Would you like to take part in a study to measure the impact of dance on people with Parkinson’s disease?

We are looking for:
Independently living, ambulatory men or women who are diagnosed as having idiopathic Parkinson’s disease; aged between 30 to 85 years; and who have not participated in a dance programme in the past six months.

Your participation would include:
Being allocated randomly to a dance group or a control group. Please note that depending on your allocation you may be in the Dance for Parkinson’s (DfP) group or the control group.

However, the results of the study will be shared with you after completion and it is expected that your knowledge of Parkinson’s disease will be extended. Both groups will receive a useful series of assessments which will help to understand Parkinson’s by obtaining information about performance regarding walking style, cognitive function and some other outcomes.

What will you be asked to do?

If you are allocated into the dance group, you will have the opportunity to: If you are allocated into the control group,you will have the opportunity to:
·        Attend 2 assessment sessions before the series of dance classes.

·        Participate in DfP classes twice a week for 12 weeks.

·        Attend 2 assessment sessions after the series of dance classes.

·        Attend two follow up assessment sessions in the 12th week after completing the dance class.

 

·        Attend 2 assessment sessions before the 12 week research period.

·        Follow your usual exercise and medication routine for the duration of the 12 weeks.

·        Attend 2 assessment sessions after the 12 week research period.

·        Attend two follow up assessment sessions in the 12th week after completing the research period.

·        Participate in a free complimentary dance class after the 12th week follow-up assessment sessions.

·        Free Dance for Parkinson’s disease (DfPD®) DVD


The Dance for Parkinson’s (DfP) classes will be:

  • Free of charge
  • 75-minute classes
  • Twice a week for 12 weeks
  • Held at QUT Kelvin Grove Campus
  • Modelled on the internationally recognized DfPD® programme
  • Conducted by two DfPD® trained instructors who are routinely conducting DfP classes at Queensland Ballet

Please note that free parking is provided during visits to QUT for assessments. However, you are required to cover your own parking expenses for your visits to any dance classes.

What is Dance for Parkinson’s?
If you are interested in learning more about Dance for Parkinson’s please go to:
https://www.queenslandballet.com.au/learn/fitness-and-wellbeing/dance-for-parkinson-s

If you would like to participate please contact:
Ms Nadeesha Kalyani    07 3138 6426       nadeesha.haputhanthirige@hdr.qut.edu.au
Ms Erica Rose Jeffrey            07 3040 1930             ericarose@danceforparkinsonsaustralia.org
Professor Graham Kerr         07 3138 6303             g.kerr@qut.edu.au

QUT Human Research Ethics Committee, approval number 1700000005.


RESEARCH PARTICIPANTS NEEDED: University of Sydney: May 2017

Discipline of Speech Pathology
You are invited to participate in a study that will evaluate the validity of a Parkinson’s disease specific questionnaire that is currently used by speech pathologists. In this study, you are invited to complete an online survey. All identifying personal information will not be collected and responses will remain anonymous. The questions in the survey will include a range of relevant topics such as personal characteristics, physical and emotional well-being.

Who is eligible?
Aged 18 years or over
Diagnosis of Parkinson’s Disease
English-speaking
Ability to complete the questionnaire

What does this study involve for me?
This survey will obtain information about your background health status and daily routines. This survey will explore the impacts of Parkinson’s disease on everyday life and how these influence levels of physical and emotional comfort. Participating in this survey is voluntary and we appreciate your time when participating.

The questionnaire can be found on:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ROMPstudy 

If you want more information 0n this project, please feel free to contact Dr. Hans Bogaardt at 02 – 9351 9334 or email: hans.bogaardt@sydney.edu.au. A multi-page Patient Information Statement, describing the study in detail, is available and will be sent to anyone who expresses their interest in this study.

The ethical aspects of this study have been approved by The University of Sydney HREC (Protocol no. 2017/200)


Research Participation: The Evaluation of Cognitive-Communication in Parkinson’s Disease Online – May – October 2017

Have you noticed changes to your language or thinking processes in communication?

Some examples might be:

  • trouble finding the right word
  • difficulty expressing your thoughts clearly
  • taking longer to generate things to say
  • losing your train of thought
  • rambling about topics or quickly changing topics
  • taking longer to process what other people say
  • difficulty remembering what other people say
  • difficulty understanding what other people say
  • difficulty following or maintaining attention during one-on-one or group conversations

If you experience any of these changes, we would like to hear from you.

Megan Swales (PhD candidate) and her supervisory team from the University of Queensland are looking for people with Parkinson’s disease to complete a range of assessments on language and thinking processes in communication. These assessments will be completed in your home by two speech pathologists at the same time, one in-person and the other online (via videoconferencing similar to Skype).

If you live the South-East Queensland region and you are interested in knowing more about the study, please contact Megan Swales either by phone 0430 513 414 or email megan.swales@uqconnect.edu.au

This project has been approved by the UQ Human Ethics Research Committee (#2016001488).


 

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