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Rock Steady Study

This study is designed to observe the efficacy of boxing exercise program called Rock Steady Boxing on people who have Parkinson’s Disease. There may be up to 40 participants who will be assessed prior to commencing the Rock Steady Boxing Program and then again three months later. If you are interested in participating or want to learn more, please contact Rich and Alyssa Gingras at 401-728-2039

Butler Hospital Study


This a research study to test whether a treatment that raises levels of the antioxidant urate can slow the rate of Parkinson’s disease progression over time. The treatment is a compound called inosine, which the body turns into urate. SURE-PD 3 hopes to enroll 270 subjects across 60 sites in the United States. For more information about this study please contact study coordinator Marycia Malloy/Courtney Bodge, PhD 401-455-6669

Rhode Island Hospital Studies

Fatigue Study

Dr. Akbar at Rhode Island Hospital is conducting a study of people with Parkinson’s who complain of fatigue. This study involves filling out a questionnaire and having an fMRI. You cannot have had DBS.

Wearing-off Study

Do you have Parkinson’s disease and experience wearing-off throughout the day? If so, there is a research study evaluating the effectiveness of an add-on once-daily dopamine agonist medication to improve the off-time and dyskinesia.

  • You must have 2.5 hours of off-time (total throughout the waking day)
  • You cannot be on a dopamine agonist currently (like, pramipexole, ropinirole, rotigotine; if you are, you have to stop it for  30 days to participate)
  • You cannot have had DBS

DBS – Benefits & Side Effects Study

Do you have Parkinson’s disease and Deep Brain Stimulator implanted?  If so, you could help us better understand the benefits and side effects of DBS.  One study is a simple questionnaire that takes about 15 minutes.

DBS & Speech

This study is evaluating the DBS effects (positive or negative) on speech.

For more information on these four studies please contact Dr. Akbar’s secretary Julissa  at or call 401-444-6528.

BTC of Lincoln

Dr. Jim Whalen from BTC of Lincoln is seeking volunteers for a  clinical research study for people with Dementia with Lewy Bodies or Parkinson’s Disease Dementia who frequently exhibit REM Sleep Behavior Disorder-a serious condition where a person physically and/or vocally acts out their dreams.

Participants may qualify if they:

  • Are at least 50 years of age
  • Have a diagnosis of dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB) or Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD)
  • Experience REM sleep behavior disorder (symptoms include abnormal sleep behaviors such as acting out or vocalizing dreams)
  • Study-related medical care is provided at no cost. Compensation for time and travel may be available. For more information please visit or call 401-305-5200.

Laboratory for Neural Computation and Cognition at Brown University

This research is under the direction of Dr. Michael Frank, Professor at Brown University

If you participate in this study, you’ll complete computer tasks designed to investigate learning, working memory, and decision making. They are currently looking for both individuals who do have PD and who do not have PD. Spouses are encouraged to apply!

If you have Parkinson’s Disease and wish to participate, please contact your neurologist. This is an opportunity to further research, not a treatment option. If you do not have PD and would like to help further Parkinson’s research please contact our lab.

To participate, you must: be healthy; be older than 18 years of age; and have no medical history of brain injury, mental/psychiatric/psychological disorders, or drug or alcohol abuse. We may ask you for additional information about your medical history to verify that you are eligible.

This study is being held in the Metcalf Research Laboratory (190 Thayer St). To learn more about this research, please call or email the Laboratory for Neural Computation and Cognition: 401.863.6871,

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