Exploratory study of different doses of endurance exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease
COMIRB #11-1237 (This study has been approved by the Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board)
Principal Investigator: Dr. Margaret Schenkman, PT, PhD
Acronym: SPARX (Study in Parkinson’s disease of Exercise)
Overview: This study will help us learn more about physical exercise for people who are newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and will help us to better understand what exercise guidelines should be used in the future. This study will compare two aerobic exercise prescriptions to no exercise. Study visits take place at the University of Colorado on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado.
Eligible candidates for this study have been diagnosed with PD in the past 5 years, are between 40-80 years old, are not currently taking any medication for PD and do not anticipate starting medication in the next 6 months. Eligible candidates are also willing to start doing aerobic exercise on a treadmill immediately or after a delay of 6 months.
Contact: Lindsey Pederson