Ongoing Research Projects

The research activities in the Center focus on investigating the impact of exercise and rehabilitation on the progression of disability in individuals with Parkinson’s disease.

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Feasibility and Usability of a Motorized Stationary Bike for People with Parkinson disease

(No longer enrolling)

You are invited to join a research study in which you would participate in an exercise program using the Theracycle.

Eligible participants will participate in 16 exercise sessions (2x per week for 60 minutes) over 8 weeks using the Theracycle within the CNR at Sargent College.  All exercise sessions will be closely monitored by a licensed physical therapist with expertise in Parkinson disease and a research assistant.

You may qualify to participate in this study if you:

  • Have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
  • Are able to walk without assistance for at least 6 continuous minutes
  • Are able to come to the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University twice a week for 8 weeks during the study period.

If you are interested in participating in this study or learning more about it, please contact us at 6173580412 or khendron@bu.edu.

Mobile Health Technology to Promote Physical Activity in
Persons with Parkinson Disease

(No longer enrolling)

Eligible participants would be randomly assigned to one of 2 groups. Both groups will be prescribed strengthening and stretching exercises and a walking program by a licensed physical therapist to carry out for 6 months. Both groups will also wear a pedometer to track their daily steps. One group will receive exercise handouts with pictures and instructions and the other group will receive an iPad mini with video demonstrations of the exercises.

Have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease
Are able to walk without assistance for at least 6 continuous minutes
Are able to come to the Center for Neurorehabilitation at Boston University on 3-4 different occasions for assessments over a 6 month period.
If you are interested in participating in this study or learning more about it, please contact us at 617‐358‐6157 or buwalkstudy@gmail.com