FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information, contact:
Communications and Marketing
Dena Owens – (901) 448-4072
“Memphians who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s
disease within the last five years and are not receiving treatment for their
symptoms may be eligible for the study,” said Dr. Pfeiffer. Assigned physicians will examine study volunteers
every four months during a 16-month period.
Participants will be randomly assigned to receive treatment with either
active CoQ (which will also contain vitamin E) or a matching placebo. Investigators at 60 clinical sites in the
In Parkinson’s disease, the brain cells that produce a chemical called dopamine are gradually lost, resulting in a decrease in dopamine levels. Without enough dopamine, patients experience symptoms such as tremors, muscle rigidity, balance problems, slow movement and others. Currently, doctors can treat these symptoms with drugs that boost dopamine levels. However, there are no available treatments to reduce the rate of clinical decline. “A medication that could slow the progression of Parkinson disease would be a major breakthrough for patients living with the disease,” said Walter Koroshetz, MD, deputy director, NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Adults 30 years old and above with early stage Parkinson’s disease who wish to participate in the study should contact Brenda Pfeiffer, UTHSC research nurse coordinator, at (901) 271-5966, or visit the Parkinson Study Group web site at www.parkinson-study-group.org. Call toll free: (888) 887-3774.
As the flagship statewide academic health system, the
University of Tennessee Health Science Center is focused on a four-tier mission
of education, research, clinical care and public service, all in support of a
single goal: to improve the health of Tennesseans. Offering a broad range
of postgraduate training opportunities, the main campus is located in
This study quantifies the economic impact of the UTHSC on the economy of the state of Tennessee for FY2010.
920 Madison Avenue
Memphis, TN 38163
Phone: (901) 448-5544
Fax: (901) 448-8640