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  • MJFF Research Grant, 2009
    The Validation of Anxiety Scales in Parkinson's Disease

    Objective/Rationale:
    This study has two objectives:
    1. To assess the occurrence and symptoms of anxiety disorders in Parkinson's disease, including atypical anxiety syndromes, and anxiety states...

  • Therapeutic Pipeline Program, 2016
    Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety Disorders in Parkinson's Disease

    Study Rationale:
    Anxiety disorders occur in up to 35 percent of people with Parkinson's disease and can have a negative impact on gait, involuntary movements, motor fluctuations and quality of life....

  • MJFF Research Grant, 2011
    Assessing and Diagnosing Anxiety in Patients with Parkinson's Disease

    Promising Outcomes of Original Grant:
    A previous MJFF sponsored study showed that the available anxiety questionnaires are not suitable to assess anxiety in Parkinson’s disease (PD). The different...

  • Therapeutic Pipeline Program, 2015
    The Tolerability of Buspirone for the Treatment of Anxiety in Parkinson’s Disease

    Study Rationale:                             
    Anxiety is a common non-motor symptom among individuals with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and is associated with a reduced quality of life. Despite this,...

  • Rapid Response Innovation Awards, 2008
    A Randomized, Double-Blind, Trial of Nexalin® vs. Placebo in Subjects with Early Parkinson's Disease

    Objective/Rationale:
    While the oral medications to treat PD are often quite effective in treating the physical symptoms (motor symptoms) such as tremor and stiffness, they may be associated with side...

  • Rapid Response Innovation Awards, 2008
    Effects of noradrenergic or serotoninergic system lesions combined with NS lesions on rodent models of 'non-motor'-like symptoms

    Objective/Rationale:
    Parkinson’s disease is widely attributed to neuropathy of dopaminergic neurones in the nigrostriatal (NS) pathway. Degeneration of noradrenergic and serotonergic neurones in the...

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