Brain Changes in ET Patients Study

Essential Tremor Clinical Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

What is the purpose of the study?

  • To learn more about brain changes in people with essential tremor using noninvasive brain stimulation called transcranial magnetic stimulation and brain imaging.

Who are the eligible participants?

  • We are recruiting both people with essential tremor and healthy volunteers between the ages of 18 and 75.
  • You may be eligible for this study if are healthy, are not pregnant and do not have medical devices or metal in the body which are not MRI-compatible.

What is expected of the participants?

  • The study will involve participating in several study visits taking place at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and one visit at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • If you qualify for the study, researchers will perform a neurological history and exam, measure tremor using noninvasive sensors and apply noninvasive brain stimulation.
  • A brain MRI exam will be performed at the Martinos Center in Charlestown. Researchers will measure changes in brain structure.

What is the compensation for participation?

  • Parking will be compensated and $100 will be paid for the completion of all BIDMC study visits and $50 will be paid for completion of the MRI visit.

Where can you learn more about joining this study?
Contact Christine Ashton – cashton@caregroup.org or 617-667-4746

This study is being conducted at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center by: Drs. Ludy Shih, Alvaro Pascual-Leone, Michael Fox, Irene Gonsalvez, Mark Halko, Paula Davila, Daniel Press, and Anastasia Yendiki.