Participants needed for new research studies and clinical trials

Participants needed for new research studies and clinical trials

The NeuroCommunity Foundation, in conjunction with the research community, want to ensure you have the opportunity to participate in research studies to help others and yourself. Your participation can assist researchers find new methods to prevent, detect or treat many neurological diseases.The following is a list of available research studies now recruiting interested participants. It is a small portion of the effort and dedication the research community places for advances in treatments for diseases that affect us all.  The following studies include aging, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury.

Aging (Online)  

Washington State University’s Aging and Memory Lab. We are seeking individuals who are age 50 years or older who are currently experiencing no memory problems, mild memory problems or who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. We are examining different types of memory abilities and how they relate to activities that older adults are involved with every day. The project goal is to better understand memory disorders in older adulthood and to develop programs to help with those difficulties.

Contact: Dr. Maureen Schmitter Edgecombe. Email: Phone: 509-335-0170.

UCLA – Understanding the Health Care Goals of Older Adults Contact: David B. Reuben. Phone: 310-312-0533.

Multiple Sclerosis

Online – Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – Online Program to Reduce Depression in MS – a Multi center Randomized Controlled Trial.  Contact: Stefan M. Gold. Email:

UCLA Department of Neurology – A Double-Blind, Placebo Controlled Trial of Estriol Treatment in Women With Multiple Sclerosis: Effect on Cognition.

Contact: Jenny Bardens. Email: Phone: 310-206-2176.

UCLA – Clinical Trial – Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study to evaluate the safety, tolerance and activity of Ibudilast (MN-166) in people with Progressive Multiple Sclerosis.

Contact: Jenny Bardens.

Email: Phone: 310-206-2176.

Parkinson’s Disease

USC – A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study Investigating the Efficacy and Safety of CVT 301 (Levodopa Inhalation Powder) in Parkinson’s Disease Patients with Motor Response Fluctuations (OFF Phenomena). Participants will undergo clinical assessments, assessments of lung function, physical exams, blood and urine collection and complete questionnaires.

Contact: Connie Kawai. Email: Phone: 323-442-5814.

USC A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled, Parallel-Group Study to Examine the Efficacy, Safety and Tolerability of APL-130277 in Levodopa Responsive Patients With Parkinson’s Disease Complicated by Motor Fluctuations (“OFF” Episodes).

Contact: Gina Barles. Phone: 323-442-5723.

USC Exercise Targeting Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson’s Disease: to compare and elucidate the effects of skill-based versus aerobic exercise versus control on mild cognitive impairment (MCI) of the executive function (EF) subtype in  Parkinson’s Disease.

Contact: Lauren Hawthorne. Email: Phone: 323-442-4035.

USC Health Sciences – The USC Balance task study seeks participants both with and without PD. The study aims to investigate key factors important to motor learning for PWP. Study involves two visits in two consecutive days and will be conducted at the USC Health Sciences Campus.

Contact: Yu-Chen Chung. Email: Phone: 323-442-1006.

UCLA Semel Institute – Perceptual Decision Making Under Conditions of Visual Uncertainty.

Contact: Alessandra Perugini. Email: Phone: 310-825-0278.

Cedars Sinai Medical Center, Neurology Department – Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for the Treatment of Parkinson’s Disease (INTREPID).

Contact: Chang (Peter) Kim. Email: Phone: 310-423-8041.

University of San Francisco (Online Study) – Brain Health Registry. The purpose of the online Brain Health Registry is to recruit and observe people who are interested in promoting healthy brain function through the prevention of brain diseases, disorders, and injuries in adults.



UCLA – Implementing and Testing a Culturally-Tailored Stroke Risk Factor Reduction Intervention in Community Senior Centers.

Contact: Daniel Araiza. Email: Phone: 310-825-8253.

UCLA Stroke Center / Huntington Memorial Hospital Stroke Center – A Phase 2 Double Blinded, Randomized, Placebo Controlled Dose Escalation Study to Evaluate the
Efficacy and the Safety of GM602 in Patients With Acute Middle Cerebral Artery Ischemic Stroke Within an 18-hour Treatment Window.

Contact: Arbi G. Ohanian. Email: Phone: 626-397-2515.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – A Multi-center, Phase 2 Study Using a Continual Reassessment Method to Determine the Safety and Tolerability of 3K3A-APC, a Recombinant Variant of Human APC, in Combination With tPA, Mechanical Thrombectomy or Both in Moderate to Severe Acute Ischemic Stroke.

Contact:Patrick D. Lyden

Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center – Diffusion Weighted Imaging (DWI) or Computerized Tomography Perfusion (CTP) Assessment With Clinical Mismatch in the Triage of Wake Up and Late Presenting Strokes Undergoing Neurointervention.

Contact: Jee Yang. Email: Phone: 323-783-5935.

Kaiser Permanente South California / Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center – Mild and Rapidly Improving Stroke Study.

Contact: Catherine L Lui (Kaiser); Karen Tse-Chang (Pomona). Email: Phone: 323-783-5752; 909-630-7222.

CSUN, Center of achievement/Brown Center at California State University, Northridge – Influence of Water Depth on Energy Expenditure during Aquatic Walking in People Post-Stroke.

Contact: Hyosok Lim. Email: Phone: 217-979-2742.

Traumatic Brain Injury

UCLA – Thalamic Low Intensity Focused Ultrasound Stimulation in Disorders of Consciousness Following Acute Severe Brain Injury.

Contact: Caroline Schnakers. Email:; Phone: 310-825-8546; 310-794-7049.

UCLA Medical Center (Surgical) – A Double-Blind, Controlled Phase 2 Study of the Safety and Efficacy of Modified Stem Cells (SB623) in Patients With Chronic Motor Deficit From Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Contact: Damien Bates. Email: Phone: 650-625-8965.

UCLA – MRI Markers of Outcome After Severe Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury.

Contact: Jody Belling. Email: Phone: 608-262-9531; 608-263-1894.

Please note each study listed above has the contact information for the research coordinator and we ask that you get in touch with them for questions, eligibility criteria, exclusions, and  of course, to sign up. Enrolling participants is one of the most difficult tasks for studies, but with your help and collaboration we can make a difference! Learning about clinical trials and research studies is helpful to make a decision about how to contribute to the discovery of new treatments.

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