Molecular Genetic Studies of Parkinsonism

WHAT IS THE TITLE OF THE STUDY?

Molecular Genetic Studies of Parkinsonism

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY?

Dr. Joel Perlmutter and colleagues at Washington University are hoping to collect and store blood/tissue samples from many patients with parkinsonism, as well as from patients without parkinsonism. The overall purpose of this research is to learn about gene(s) associated with parkinsonism. This may someday lead to new ways to prevent or treat parkinsonism.

WHO IS NEEDED?

  1. Participants who have parkinsonism
  2. Participants who do not have parkinsonism and do not have a family history of parkinsonism
  3. Participants who do not have parkinsonism but do have a family history of parkinsonism

WHAT IS INVOLVED IF I PARTICIPATE?

Duration: This study includes blood drawing and obtaining a medical history on you and your family. Your participation involves one office visit that lasts approximately 30 minutes.

Tests/Procedures: Blood draw and medical history interview.

Risks: Risks will be discussed with volunteers as part of the informed consent process.

Benefits: By donating your blood/tissue, you will provide an enormously important resource for parkinsonism research. The study of your blood/tissue may one day result in new tests or treatments and may help to prevent or cure the disorder.

Compensation: There is no financial compensation for volunteering in this study.

WHO IS THE PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR (DOCTOR)?

Joel Perlmutter, MD

WHERE WILL THE STUDY TAKE PLACE?

Washington University School of Medicine

Contact Information:

Coordinator Name: Stacy Pratt
Tel: (314) 747-5916 Email: pratts@npg.wustl.edu