A goal of the VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center is to advance the understanding of parkinson’s and related conditions, in terms of both defining biological causes and developing novel treatments. Ongoing clinical research is necessary to achieve this important goal. A unique feature of our center is the on-site collaboration of clinician specialists representing several disciplines that bring a diverse knowledge and perspective to clinical research investigations.
The center relies on volunteers to partner with us to achieve these goals and advance the understanding of movement disorders. By participating in clinical research, individuals have the opportunity to contribute to the discovery of new medications and therapies to treat movement disorders.
Types of clinical research
The VCU Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center conducts both observational and interventional research projects.
Observational: Extracting and analyzing information from both clinical care and specific clinical research evaluations
Interventional: Testing of a novel cognitive or exercise treatment, or a trial of an experimental drug or device
Participation in research projects is always voluntary, can be stopped at any time, and will not affect client access to the Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center evaluation or treatment process.
If you are interested in being contacted about research opportunities at our Center, please complete Research Registry Flyer and return it to Ginger Norris. You can drop it off at our NOW Center location or mail to her attention to PO Box 980539, Richmond, VA, 23298.
Current clinical research projects
- Essential Tremor
- Huntington Disease
- Parkinson's Disease
Learn more about volunteering
Choosing to participate in a clinical research project is an important personal decision. It is important to understand how clinical research projects are structured and what to expect as a participant before enrolling. The VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research office provides information for potential research volunteers. You can find additional clinical research studies outside of VCU at https://clinicaltrials.gov/. If you identify a study of potential interest, be sure to discuss the study with your treating PMDC clinician for their recommendations. In the meantime, you may contact the PMDC Research Coordinator, Heather Ward, at 804-382-0076.