Are you living with Parkinson’s and currently reside in New Mexico? If so, check out this Parkinson’s research opportunity.

The New Mexico VA Health Care System, IRB, has approved a Parkinson Disease Research Study, with Sarah Pirio Richardson, MD as Principal Investigator.

This is a 12-week clinical trial for people with Parkinson’s who are not currently taking medication for Parkinson’s. The purpose of the study is to compare an investigational drug (which combines low doses of pramipexole and rasagiline) with either pramipexole or rasagiline alone, both are individually approved by the FDA to treat Parkinson Disease.

You will be asked to take medication: rasagiline, or pramipexole, or a study medication.  There will be 7 in-person visits, along with one phone call.  You will meet with Dr. Pirio Richardson at least once a month for evaluation. The study is blinded, which means we will not know until after the study is over which medication you have taken. Research will be conducted at the VA, although you do not have to be a veteran to participate.

This study is recruiting patients:
  1. who can consent for the study
  2. who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease for less than 3 years
  3. between the ages of 35-80 years of age

For further information, please call JoAnn Harnar, RN, Research Nurse at (505) 256-5701

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