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BIDMC scientists awarded grants from Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research
Date:11/18/2009

ve gone awry can successfully treat depression in patients who have not responded to other therapies.

"Often patients with Parkinson's disease have significant motor problems despite treatment with medications," explains Pascual-Leone. "In our study, noninvasive brain stimulation will target one or both of two brain regions involved in motor or mood symptoms. We predict that rTMS will improve motor symptoms, depression, or both, depending on which brain regions are stimulated, and consequently, will become a valuable adjunct to medications."

In the second MJFF-funded project, Daniel Tarsy, MD, Director of BIDMC's Parkinson's Disease Center, will lead a study comparing two types of speech and voice therapy to determine which is more effective in treating the decreased voice volume experienced by many Parkinson's patients.

"Impaired speech can cause patients to suffer distress, social embarrassment and social isolation," explains Tarsy. "Musical therapy is currently being used for rehabilitation from other types of neurological conditions, such as language impairment following stroke. If singing therapy can also improve voice and speech disorders resulting from Parkinson's disease, this would represent an important alternative to existing speech therapy techniques."


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Contact: Bonnie Prescott
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617-667-7306
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
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