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Sensory-Specific Peripheral Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease

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Led By Jose Pons, Ph.D
Research Sponsored by Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
Specific guidelines that determine who can or cannot participate in a clinical trial
Must have
Age from 18 to 80 years
Normal hearing and (corrected) vision
Must not have
Inability or unwillingness to discontinue medications for tremor on the day of study assessments
Any neurological diagnoses or medications influencing brain function
Timeline
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up experiment a: baseline and through study completion, an average of 3 months. experiment b: baseline and through study completion, an average of 6 months.
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Summary

This trial will investigate how electrical stimulation of the skin can help to ease tremor by studying brain activity in people with and without Parkinson's and essential tremor.

Who is the study for?
This trial is for adults aged 18-80 with moderate to severe tremor due to Parkinson's Disease or Essential Tremor, without other neurological disorders. Participants must have stable medication doses for at least 30 days and be able to understand English and consent. Exclusions include metal implants, pacemakers, substance abuse, pregnancy, mixed tremors, dementia, significant head trauma or diseases that could interfere with the study.Check my eligibility
What is being tested?
The study aims to explore how peripheral electrical stimulation (PES) affects brain signals that cause tremors in patients with Essential Tremor (ET) and Parkinson's Disease (PD). It involves non-invasive techniques like TMS and EEG along with MRI imaging in both healthy individuals and those affected by ET or PD.See study design
What are the potential side effects?
Potential side effects may include discomfort from electrical stimulation or TMS, temporary muscle twitching during PES application, headache after TMS sessions, skin irritation from electrode placement for HD-EMG recording. MRI-related side effects can include claustrophobia or discomfort lying still.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria

You may be eligible if you check “Yes” for the criteria below
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I am between 18 and 80 years old.
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My hearing and vision, with aids if necessary, are normal.
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I experience shaking in my arm, especially when I hold it out or at rest.
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I do not have any neurological disorders or conditions causing abnormal movements.
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I do not have any neurological disorders or tremors.
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I do not have any conditions like epilepsy or severe arthritis affecting my movement.
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I have never had a brain or skull lesion.
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I have been diagnosed with Essential Tremor or Parkinson's Disease by a doctor.
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I experience shaking in my arm, especially when I move or rest it.

Exclusion Criteria

You may be eligible for the trial if you check “No” for criteria below:
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I cannot or will not stop my tremor medications for assessments.
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I have a neurological condition or take medication that affects my brain function.
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My Parkinson's disease is not typical or is caused by another condition.
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I have surgical clips in my head or have had brain surgery before.
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I experience different types of shaking movements.
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I have a history of epilepsy or seizures.
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I am not taking any medications that increase my risk of seizures.
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I have had a serious head injury with long-term effects.
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I do not have major health issues like heart disease, cancer, or mental disorders.

Timeline

Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~experiment a: baseline and through study completion, an average of 3 months. experiment b: baseline and through study completion, an average of 6 months.
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and experiment a: baseline and through study completion, an average of 3 months. experiment b: baseline and through study completion, an average of 6 months. for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Changes in Amount of Motor Inhibition
Changes in cortico-muscular coherence in ET and/or PD participants
Changes in kinematics
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Secondary outcome measures
Clinical motor score change
MRI/rs-fMRI connectivity

Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Group I: PatientsExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Participants with Parkinson's Disease or essential tremor will be scanned with MRI and undergo PES and/or single pulse TMS during several visits, each with different stimulation patterns, while HD-EMG and EEG are recorded.
Group II: Healthy ParticipantsExperimental Treatment2 Interventions
Healthy participants without motor disorders and medications influencing brain functions will be scanned with MRI and undergo PES and/or single pulse TMS during several visits, each with different stimulation patterns, while HD-EMG is recorded.

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Who is running the clinical trial?

Northwestern UniversityOTHER
1,608 Previous Clinical Trials
927,217 Total Patients Enrolled
Shirley Ryan AbilityLabLead Sponsor
200 Previous Clinical Trials
17,063 Total Patients Enrolled
1 Trials studying Essential Tremor
40 Patients Enrolled for Essential Tremor
Jose Pons, Ph.DPrincipal Investigator - Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
Shirley Ryan AbilityLab
1 Previous Clinical Trials
544 Total Patients Enrolled

Media Library

Peripheral electrical stimulation (Device) Clinical Trial Eligibility Overview. Trial Name: NCT04501133 — N/A
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Essential Tremor Clinical Trial 2023: Peripheral electrical stimulation Highlights & Side Effects. Trial Name: NCT04501133 — N/A
Peripheral electrical stimulation (Device) 2023 Treatment Timeline for Medical Study. Trial Name: NCT04501133 — N/A
~25 spots leftby Dec 2025