We know that dysphagia or swallowing problems are common in people with Parkinson’s Disease however, research into dysphagia is sparse. I am a researcher from a company in Manchester called Phagenesis Ltd (www.phagenesis.com). We are working with the Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility to trial the effects of a new device, which aims to reduce dysphagia by electrically stimulating the throat. We are currently recruiting people with Parkinson’s (between stages 2-4) for this study being conducted in Manchester.
The study is funded by Phagenesis Ltd and all travel expenses will be reimbursed.
What is involved?
Participants will initially need to have some basic tests to see if they can be in the study. If so, participants will be invited to visit the research facility in Manchester on two occasions.
Phagenesis Ltd are happy to pay all travel expenses, and if needed, can organise for private transportation. We will also pay for accommodation close to the research facility for a relative or carer.
- At the first visit, you will need to stay for 5 nights and 6 days and receive 10 minutes of electrical stimulation treatment each day for 5 days. The stimulation will be delivered by a special very thin tube which will be placed through your nose down the back of your throat into your stomach
- The second visit, will take place 2 weeks after the last treatment for follow-up tests. You may need to stay for 1 or 2 nights so that all the tests can be completed.
The closing date for taking part is the end of October 2013.
Who can take part?
You can take part if you have Parkinson’s (aged 30-85) and have been diagnosed with dysphagia for at least 12 weeks.
Interested in taking part?
For further information please contact me directly.
Dr Satish Mistry, Ph.D.
Clinical Research Associate
[email protected] or 0161 820 9569
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