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WATCH-PD: Sensor-Based Measurements of Parkinson's Disease

Research Question:
Do sensor-based symptom measures compare with traditional clinician-rated assessments for tracking symptom progression in early, untreated Parkinson’s disease?

Basic Study Information

WATCH-PD is a study conducted by the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) to learn more about early Parkinson disease (PD). The study takes place over a 12 month period and includes 7 in-person visits, 2 brain scans, and 3 phone calls. If you complete all visits, you will receive up to $1000 as well as an Apple Watch and an iPhone to keep. At in-person study visits, doctors will rate various aspects of your Parkinson’s disease, you’ll fill out surveys about your quality of life, and you’ll perform motor and cognitive tasks with various sensor systems. We’ll also ask you to wear your Apple Watch at home and periodically complete motor and cognitive assessments. The two brain scans (DaTscan) will take place at the beginning and end of the study. A DaTscan involves a small amount of radiation. The level of radiation exposure is similar to other common procedures, such as an x-ray. (similar exposure to radiation as other common procedures, such as an x-ray). By comparing standard PD health assessments in the clinic to digital measures obtained on mobile devices, we hope to better understand PD. Future use of this technology may help shorten the duration of clinical trials and require fewer participants. Moreover, people diagnosed with PD in the future might benefit from what we learn by your participation.

Study Web URL:
Study Reference #: 00003002

Lead Researcher (Principal Investigator)

Lead Researcher:  Jamie Adams

Study Contact Information

Phone: (585) 276-6825

Additional Study Details

Study Details:
About 20 clinical centers in the US will together enroll a total of 100 participants.

Number of Visits:  6 to 10
Transportation Coverage:  No
Reimbursement:  Yes

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