Brain Activity Measurement Study Using EEG

The essential tremor research team at Columbia University, headed by Dr. Sheng-Han Kuo, is looking for people in the New York City area with essential tremor, to study their brain activity using an electroencephalogram (EEG).

EEG is a routine clinical procedure to study brain activity and could be used to study essential tremor. One of the most important questions for essential tremor is: from which region of the brain does the tremor originate? To try and answer this question, researchers will place EEG leads on the scalp of study participants, to study their brain activity. Researchers will study activity across the whole brain with the hope of identifying the source of the abnormal brain activity that causes tremor. This study aims to help researchers better understand the area of the brain responsible for essential tremor, which will, in turn, help researchers find more effective ways to treat it.

Study Details

  • EEG is a non-invasive procedure.
  • You will need to travel to Columbia University Medical Center for this study, but reimbursement will be provided for travel expenses.
  • The study will last for approximately 2 hours.
  • There is no blood draw involved.

Inclusion Criteria
In this study, researchers are looking for people who have had a diagnosis of essential tremor for more than 3 years.

Contact Information
If you are interested in this study or have questions, please contact Dr. Shi-Bing Wong at or 212-342-3753.