Other Movement Disorder Studies
If you think you may qualify for one of these studies, please contact CNI’s Research Department at 303-806-7423.
Developing a Smart DBS: Deciphering Brain Networks for Adaptable Stimulation: The human brain is an incredibly complex system of electrical neurons and pathways. How the brain orchestrates human behavior such as speaking and decision making, functions that are impaired by neurological disease, is poorly understood. We are currently enrolling adults who are considering DBS surgery in a study of human brain activity. Participants will be asked to perform motor, speech, and decision making tasks during surgery when brain activity is recorded. The results of this research will shed new light on how different parts of the human brain collaborate to produce the complex behaviors that we take for granted. By understanding these brain signals, we aim to form the foundation for a novel, closed-loop, customizable DBS system.
Detecting Behavioral Goals from EEG Brain Waves: Parkinson’s disease interferes with starting tasks (such as walking) and switching between tasks. Parkinson’s disease also interferes with switching from one thought to another. This “switching” brain function is located in the frontal lobe, a region of the brain directly connected to areas treated with Deep Brain Stimulation. We strive to understand brain functions involved in this mental flexibility to quickly switch from one task to another. Adults with and without movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Essential Tremor are eligible to participate. While wearing an EEG cap to record brain waves, participants will be asked to perform simple tasks that involve moving a part of the body, speaking, writing, and switching. Research sessions will last 2 hours. Put your mental flexibility to the test!