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Neural Correlates of Cognitive Impairment in Parkinson Disease

This study is currently recruiting participants.

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Sponsoring Institute

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)

Recruitment Detail

Type: Participants currently recruited/enrolled
Gender: Male & Female
Min Age: 40
Max Age: N/A

Referral Letter Required


Population Exclusion(s)


Special Instructions

Currently Not Provided


Parkinson's Disease;

Recruitment Keyword(s)



Parkinson Disease;

Investigational Drug(s)


Investigational Device(s)




Supporting Site

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke


- Parkinson's disease causes slow movements, stiffness, and tremor. It can get worse over time, and in some cases can lead to dementia. Researchers are interested in how dementia affects the brain in people with Parkinson's disease. They will study both people with Parkinson s disease and healthy volunteers. They will give tests of thinking and memory, and look at brain activity using imaging studies. This may provide more information on what parts of the brain are not working well in people who have dementia related to Parkinson's disease.


- To use imaging studies to see what parts of the brain do not work well in people with dementia caused by Parkinson's disease.


- Individuals at least 40 years of age who have Parkinson s disease.

- healthy volunteers at least 40 years of age.


- Participants will be screened with a medical history and physical exam.

- This study requires two outpatient visits over 2 days.

- Participants will have tests of thinking, memory, and concentration. They will answer questions and fill out questionnaires. The tests will also look at how quickly they can move and handle small objects. The tests will take about 3 hours.

- Participants will have magnetic resonance imaging to study the brain. Functional MRI (fMRI) can show what parts of the brain are used when performing a task. Participants will respond to images on a computer screen during fMRI.

- Treatment will not be provided as part of this study.

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For all subjects:

1. Age 40 or older.

2. Able to abstain from caffeine and alcohol for 24 hours before each visit.

3. English is the first language.

4. Right handed

For PD cohort:

1. Established diagnosis of PD.

2. History compatible with diagnosis of PD

3. Present with at least 3 of the following features: bradykinesia, resting tremor, cogwheel rigidity or postural reflex impairment

4. One of the 3 clinical features is either bradykinesia or resting tremor

5. Currently taking or history of taking dopaminergic therapy with symptomatic response.

6. Is able to give informed consent or, if there is evidence of cognitive decline, able to give assent and able to appoint a durable power of attorney (DPA) who can give informed consent.

EXCLUSION CRITERIA for all subjects:

- Use of illegal drugs within the past 6 months.

- More than 7 alcoholic drinks a week for females or 14 alcoholic drinks a week for males.

- History of a neurologic disorder such as a brain tumor, stroke, central nervous system infection, multiple sclerosis, a movement disorder, epilepsy or a history of seizures, except PD for PD patients.

- History of any head injury with loss of consciousness.

- Pregnancy or positive pregnancy test before the research procedure due to the risks associated with MRI scans.

- Inability to lie flat on the back for up to 2 hours.

- Claustrophobia or a feeling of discomfort from being in small, enclosed spaces of enough severity to prevent MRI scanning.

- Surgically or traumatically implanted metallic foreign bodies, such as pacemakers, implanted medical pumps, implanted hearing aids, metal plates in the skull or metal implants in the skull or eyes (other than dental fillings) that may be physically hazardous during an MRI, or might distort the images.

- Ablative surgery or implanted electrodes and generator for deep brain stimulation

- Use of the following medications or substances within 6 months of getting MRI scan: e.g., Cocaine, amphetamines, methylphenidate, ephedrine, phentermine, buproprion, fentanyl, ketamine, and phencyclidine. Prescribed medication for common conditions, such as allergy or cold, will not be exclusionary. Prescribed medication for PD will not be exclusionary for PD patient.

- Have uncontrolled head movements that may impair image data collection (for PD patients).

- Subjects with MMSE< 26 for HVs.

- Have clinically relevant focal neurological findings on exam that suggest cerebral pathology other than that associated with PD for PD patients.

- Any abnormal or focal finding on neurological exam for HVs.

- Abnormal findings in clinical MRI.

- PD patients with Beck Depression Inventory (BDI)-II > 31 will be excluded, because severe or extreme depression may confound with cognitive function.

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Hughes AJ, Daniel SE, Kilford L, Lees AJ. Accuracy of clinical diagnosis of idiopathic Parkinson's disease: a clinico-pathological study of 100 cases. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 1992 Mar;55(3):181-4.

Litvan I, Goldman JG, Tr(SqrRoot)(Delta)ster AI, Schmand BA, Weintraub D, Petersen RC, Mollenhauer B, Adler CH, Marder K, Williams-Gray CH, Aarsland D, Kulisevsky J, Rodriguez-Oroz MC, Burn DJ, Barker RA, Emre M. Diagnostic criteria for mild cognitive impairment in Parkinson's disease: Movement Disorder Society Task Force guidelines. Mov Disord. 2012 Mar;27(3):349-56. doi: 10.1002/mds.24893. Epub 2012 Jan 24.

Emre M, Aarsland D, Brown R, Burn DJ, Duyckaerts C, Mizuno Y, Broe GA, Cummings J, Dickson DW, Gauthier S, Goldman J, Goetz C, Korczyn A, Lees A, Levy R, Litvan I, McKeith I, Olanow W, Poewe W, Quinn N, Sampaio C, Tolosa E, Dubois B. Clinical diagnostic criteria for dementia associated with Parkinson's disease. Mov Disord. 2007 Sep 15;22(12):1689-707; quiz 1837.

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Principal Investigator

Referral Contact

For more information:

Codrin I. Lungu, M.D.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
BG 10 RM 7D37
(301) 402-0976

Beverly A. McElroy, R.N.
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
National Institutes of Health
Building 10
Room 4N248
MSC 1382
10 Center Drive
Bethesda, Maryland 20892
(301) 402-4479

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