About the study

Researchers at the University of South Australia and Flinders Medical Centre are conducting a research study to investigate a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method for aiding diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The study involves several tests performed over 2–3 appointments (~4 hours in total) at the University of South Australia City East Campus, Neurology SA (Blackwood) and/or Flinders Medical Centre. The tests involve:

  • questionnaires on medical history, drug use, memory, thinking, mood, and hand dominance
  • performing simple movement tasks with your hands while activity in your muscles is recorded with non-invasive electrodes stuck on the skin
  • a neurologist asking you to perform a range of movements (e.g. walking, speaking) and asking you questions about your health
  • collecting pictures of your brain using MRI and ultrasound – both of which are safe and non-invasive.

Eligibility requirements

  • Healthy males aged 30-80 years
  • Location: University of South Australia City East Campus, Neurology SA (Blackwood) and/or Flinders Medical Centre
  • Other criteria: Healthy adults that have not been diagnosed with a neurological or brain disease/disorder are invited to participate.

Benefits

All eligible participants will be reimbursed for their time ($50 upon completion of the study)

Contact details

For more information or to register your interest please contact unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au or phone 8302 1365.

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia Human Research Ethics Committee (protocol number: 0000035836) and the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (protocol number: 178.19)