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Queen's University study aims at early diagnosis for ADHD and Parkinson's disease
Date:7/13/2009

tter if they were asked to look away or not. Normal brain activity was also decreased," says Professor Munoz. "When they took their ADHD medication the success rates, and the activity in certain areas of the brain, increased. This test could therefore be used to examine the effectiveness of new ADHD medication."

The same holds true for Parkinson's disease. In preliminary experiments, patients with the disease had a consistent pattern of eye movement time and brain activity. Introducing the tests in clinics as part of regular health exams could result in earlier diagnosis of Parkinson's, allowing the disease progression to be controlled with diet and medication, Dr. Munoz adds.

Other members of the research team include, from Queen's, Drs. Giovanna Pari (Neurology), Angela Garcia (Geriatrics) and Patrick Stroman (Diagnostic Radiology); and Thomas Trappenberg, a computer scientist at Dalhousie University. The investigation into ADHD and Parkinson's disease will take place over the next five years, thanks to the $953,000 funding grant from CIHR.


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Contact: Jeff Drake
jeff.drake@queensu.ca
613-533-2877
Queen's University
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