Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

The Ken & Ruth Davee Department of Neurology

Clinical Trials

As part of an academic medical center, the Division of Movement Disorders at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Feinberg) aims to improve the human health through scientific research.

About Clinical Trials
Clinical trials test or study drugs, surgical procedures, medical devices, or interventions with human subjects. They look to determine their safety and effectiveness in relation to treating specific diseases. Clinical trials are part of clinical research and are at the heart of all medical advances.

Division of Movement Disorders Clinical Trials
The following searchable list includes all the Division of Movement Disorders clinical trials currently looking for participants.

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Trials
NPF POP Study
The purpose of this study is to collect registry data to examine the relationship between clinical symptoms and treatment in PD patients. Data collected will be used to describe differences in current treatment practices across many sites to evaluate treatment and ultimately improve pat…
The purpose of this study is to collect registry data to examine the relationship between clinical symptoms and treatment in PD patients. Data collected will be used to describe differences in current treatment practices across many sites to evaluate treatment and ultimately improve patient care.
• Patients diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease
• Must have established care with a movement disorder specialist at Northwestern
Simuni, TatyanaSimuni, Tatyana
  • Map it Lavin Pavillion 259 E. Erie St., Suite 19-100
    Chicago, IL
STU00014255
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Friedeck, Heidi 312 503 1522
PPMI Study
This is a observational, multi-center study to assess progression of clinical features, imaging and biologic biomarkers in Parkinson disease (PD) patients compared to healthy controls (HC) and in PD patient subtypes. The primary objective of this study …
This is a observational, multi-center study to assess progression of clinical features, imaging and biologic biomarkers in Parkinson disease (PD) patients compared to healthy controls (HC) and in PD patient subtypes. The primary objective of this study is to identify clinical, imaging and biologic markers of PD progression for use in clinical trials of disease-modifying therapies.
Genetic Cohort-PD Subjects
• Have at least two of the following: resting tremor, slowness of movement, muscle rigidity
• Parkinson disease diagnosis for 7 years or less
• Male or female 18 years or older
• Confirmation of LRRK2, GBA, or SNCA genetic mutation
• Willing to undergo genetic testing

Genetic Cohort-Unaffected Subjects
• 50 years or older with LRRK2/GBA mutation or first degree relative with LRRK2/GBA mutation
• Willing to undergo genetic testing
OR
• 30 years or older with SNCA mutation or first degree relative with SNCA mutation
• Willing to undergo genetic testing
Simuni, TatyanaSimuni, Tatyana
  • Map it Lavin Pavillion 259 E. Erie St., Suite 19-100
    Chicago, IL
NCT01141023 STU00031752
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Friedeck, Heidi 312 503 1519
MDC Biorespository
This is a registry aimed to collect biologic and clinical information, such as blood and tissue samples, and family and medical histories from patients diagnosed with a movement disorder. The purpose of studying materials from the registry is to identify factors that either cause t…
This is a registry aimed to collect biologic and clinical information, such as blood and tissue samples, and family and medical histories from patients diagnosed with a movement disorder. The purpose of studying materials from the registry is to identify factors that either cause these neurologic conditions or increase one’s risk for developing them. Samples collected for this biorepository include a blood sample (or a saliva sample) and a skin biopsy. Participants may choose to donate one or both samples.
• Diagnosis of a movement disorder
• Male or female 5 years of age or older when diagnosed
• Genetic mutation related to a movement disorder
• Family members of patients with movement disorders
Simuni, TatyanaSimuni, Tatyana
  • Map it Lavin Pavillion 259 E. Erie St., Suite 19-100
    Chicago, IL
STU00091585
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Hernandez, Alejandro +1 312 503 2778
Psychogenic Study
The purpose of this study is to determine whether problems with attention lead to abnormal movements. The study involves a few thinking tests to determine if certain patterns of thinking or focusing can be associated with abnormal movements.
• Adult patients with a clinically established or documented psychogenic movement disorder
• Adult patients with a diagnosis of benign familial/ essential tremor as made by a movement disorder specialist
• Healthy adults who do not have any suspected or known neurologic movement disorders

Bega, DannyBega, Danny
  • Map it 675 N. St. Clair St. Suite 20-100
    Chicago, IL
STU00202673
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Hernandez, Alejandro +1 312 503 2778
Enroll-HD
The purpose of this research study is to collect clinical information about patients and their health. We will also collect biological samples, such as blood and DNA (the genetic material in your blood). Researchers will use this information and samples to learn more about HD and to try to …
The purpose of this research study is to collect clinical information about patients and their health. We will also collect biological samples, such as blood and DNA (the genetic material in your blood). Researchers will use this information and samples to learn more about HD and to try to find new treatments for the disease. People from many countries contribute to Enroll-HD.
Individuals 18 yrs or older affected by Huntington's Disease (HD) or from a HD family or are a "community control" (a person who does not carry the HD genetic mutation that causes Huntington's disease and is not part of an HD family, but would like to participate in the study). Research visits are conducted yearly and will consists of a collection of medical and family history and biological samples.
Bega, DannyBega, Danny
  • Map it 675 N. St. Clair St. Suite 20-100
    Chicago, IL
STU00203021
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Brown, ZsaZsa 312 503 4121
17-028 Opal - NAF Ataxia Protocol 7301 (SCA Database Study)
The purpose of this study is to collect natural history data among ataxia patients in a cohort of SCA 1, 2, 3, 6 patients using clinic-based neurological rating scales and performance measures. Another study goal is to identify new measures …
The purpose of this study is to collect natural history data among ataxia patients in a cohort of SCA 1, 2, 3, 6 patients using clinic-based neurological rating scales and performance measures. Another study goal is to identify new measures of ataxia, cognition, and neurobehavior in comparison to traditional clinician rating methods. The gene analysis is expected to establish a relationship, if any, between age at onset of disease and disease progression rates.
• Age 18 and older
• Presence of symptoms and signs of ataxia
• Molecular diagnosis of SCA 1, 2, 3, 6 either in the participant or an affected family member
• Willingness to participate in the study and ability to give informed consent.
Opal, PuneetOpal, Puneet
  • Map it 675 N. St. Clair St. Suite 20-100
    Chicago, IL
NCT01060371 STU00204294
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Brown, ZsaZsa 312 503 4121
17-044 Simuni - Sanofi ACT14820
A study to assess an experimental oral drug (GZ/SAR402671) in patients with early-stage Parkinson’s disease carrying a GBA mutation or other pre-specified variant. There are 2 parts to this trial. Part 1 will be conducted to decide what will be the best dose of the…
A study to assess an experimental oral drug (GZ/SAR402671) in patients with early-stage Parkinson’s disease carrying a GBA mutation or other pre-specified variant. There are 2 parts to this trial. Part 1 will be conducted to decide what will be the best dose of the study drug to use in Part 2 of this trial. The total expected duration of this study will be approximately 11 months for Part 1 and 12 months for Part 2.
Male or female subjects with a diagnosis of PD and who are heterozygous carriers of a GBA mutation.
Simuni, TatyanaSimuni, Tatyana
  • Map it 675 N. St. Clair St. Suite 20-100
    Chicago, IL
NCT02906020 STU00204431
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Poon, Cynthia 312 503 8216
(xIRB) 18-069 Opal - NIH SCA 1 & SCA 3
Subjects must be 18-65 years of age with symptoms of ataxia or a diagnosis of SCA1 or SCA3 or have an affected family member. Subjects with a previous diagnosis of early stage SCA1 or SCA 3 may also be eligible. Subject must be able to undergo a MRI (brain sca…
Subjects must be 18-65 years of age with symptoms of ataxia or a diagnosis of SCA1 or SCA3 or have an affected family member. Subjects with a previous diagnosis of early stage SCA1 or SCA 3 may also be eligible. Subject must be able to undergo a MRI (brain scan) and not weigh over 300 lbs.
Subjects aged 18 to 65 with presence of symptomatic ataxic disease or asymptomatic mutation carrier or subjects with definite molecular diagnosis of SCA1 or SCA3 or another affected family member or Subjects of age >18 with previous diagnosis of early stage SCA1 and SCA3. Subjects must not make changes in physical/occupational therapy status within two months prior to enrollment. Subjects must not weigh over 300 lbs.
5) 6) No changes in sical/occupational therapy status within two months prior to enrolment
Opal, PuneetOpal, Puneet
  • Map it Lavin Pavillion 259 E. Erie St., Suite 19-100
    Chicago, IL
STU00206988
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Brown, ZsaZsa 312 503 4121
18-048 Bega - Wilson WTX101-301
The primary objective of this study is to evaluate the efficacy of the drug WTX101 administered for 48 weeks, compared to standard of care (SoC), on copper (Cu) control in subjects with Wilson's disease aged 18 and older.
Diagnosis of Wilson's Disease, Treatment for >28 days with chelation therapy, Zn therapy or a combination of chelator and Zn; willing to avoid the use of vitamins and/or minerals containing CU, Zn or Mo throughout the study, willing to undergo > 48-hour washout from current WD treatment
Bega, DannyBega, Danny
  • Map it Lavin Pavillion 259 E. Erie St., Suite 19-100
    Chicago, IL
NCT03403205 STU00206921
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Brown, ZsaZsa 312 503 4121
18-089 Bega - Tools4Patient T1020-01
The purpose of this study is to learn more about the effects of treatment with IPT803 on PD symptoms and how it impacts your daily life. The study will also look at whether or not your personal characteristics, like age, gender or personality traits, affect how we…
The purpose of this study is to learn more about the effects of treatment with IPT803 on PD symptoms and how it impacts your daily life. The study will also look at whether or not your personal characteristics, like age, gender or personality traits, affect how well IPT803 works. A number of research studies have been published showing that treatments similar to IPT803 have an effect on the outcome of PD studies • There is very low risk of side effects or allergies associated with IPT803, and it is generally well tolerated • IPT803 will not interact with your usual PD treatment or diet • You will be informed of the nature of IPT803 treatment received during the last study visit
-Are at least 35 years of age
-Have been diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s Disease (PD) (H&Y < 3 and MMSE ≥ 26)
-Have been stabilized with PD medication(s) for at least 4 weeks prior to the first study or have never received PD medication(s)
Bega, DannyBega, Danny
  • Map it Lavin Pavillion 259 E. Erie St., Suite 19-100
    Chicago, IL
STU00207166
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Coffey, Taylor 1 312 503 1819