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Special Report: The roles of resilience and nonmotor symptoms in adjustment to Parkinson’s disease

May 28, 2015

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Special Report: The roles of resilience and nonmotor symptoms in adjustment to Parkinson’s disease by:  Andrea M. Shamaskin-Garroway, M.S. Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology Virginia Commonwealth University Clinical Health Psychology Intern VA Connecticut Healthcare System—West Haven, CT   VCU Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center (VCU PMDC) is committed to sharing results of our research projects […]

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Primary dystonia research project now enrolling

May 26, 2015

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The Virginia Commonwealth University Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center is serving as a research site for an observational research project that aims to learn more about the causes of primary dystonia and how the symptoms may progress over time.   Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and diagnosed with a primary dystonia to […]

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Huntington’s Disease Research

May 18, 2015

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The Huntington’s Disease Program at VCU PMDC is currently recruiting for two HD clinical research studies.  We are an HDSA Center of Excellence committed to integrating interdisciplinary clinical care with clinical research. PRIDE-HD is a clinical research trial looking at the safety of an investigational drug, pridopidine, and its effect on the movement, thinking, and […]

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Mindfulness group now available

April 2, 2015

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Our research trial of mindfulness-based therapy in individuals with Parkinson’s disease was a great success, and we’ve decided to launch a new clinical program at our center to continue to offer mindfulness-based group therapy. Dr. Lageman and Therese Cash, M.S. will lead an 8-week program.  The program is open to patients of the VCU Parkinson’s […]

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Name the app contest

April 2, 2015

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But we don’t have a name for it! Help us name the app! Our interdisciplinary team, led by Dr. Leslie Cloud, has received funding to develop a motor symptom app for smart phones. We are collaborating with the Computer Science program in the VCU School of Engineering and have already begun work on the project. […]

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Dystonia research study

February 24, 2015

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The VCU PMDC is serving as a research site for an observational research project that aims to learn more about the causes of dystonia and how the symptoms may progress over time. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and diagnosed with a primary dystonia to be eligible to participate. This project is sponsored […]

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Special Report: Caregiver needs assessment study results

November 17, 2014

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Special Report: Caregiver needs assessment study results by:  Sarah K. Lageman, PhD, ABPP-CN Neuropsychology Program Director VCU Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Center VCU Parkinson’s & Movement Disorders Center (VCU PMDC) is committed to sharing results of our research projects with the community.  Understandably, this can take some time to collect and analyze the data.  Dr. […]

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Speech study for Parkinson’s

October 20, 2014

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Speech study for Parkinson’s in Richmond Volunteers are needed for a study looking to determine if repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), a painless, non-surgical technique, can improve speech in people with Parkinson’s disease. This study is open to veterans and non-veterans and is being conducted at the Parkinson’s Disease Research Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC) […]

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A personal story of brain donation

September 26, 2014

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The VCU PMDC Brain Tissue Resource Facility (BTRF) collects autopsy and brain tissue donations to advance the research of movement disorders and related neurodegenerative diseases. The facility accepts donations from individuals and families with neurodegenerative diseases as well as health volunteers. For Virginia W. Stanley and her children, the donation of her husband’s brain provided […]

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction study

June 18, 2014

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Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their Caregivers We are now in our final stages of recruitment for a clinical trial:  Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and their Caregivers.    This study will investigate potential benefits of a group-based stress reduction intervention on quality of life, physical health, and psychological […]

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