Take part in a neurostimulation research study

The effect of neurostimulation on brain activity in Parkinson's.

We have an opportunity for people with and without Parkinson’s to take part in some research testing the effectiveness of a potential non-invasive stimulation device for Parkinson’s.

PhD Researcher Jade Fawkes from the University of Kent is interested in investigating the effect of a non-invasive way of stimulating brain cells –  called galvanic vestibular stimulation (GVS). The researchers want to understand how this device might  change brain activity, behaviour and impact symptoms of Parkinson’s.

What is involved?

Attending 3 separate sessions at the University of Kent. This will involve answering questionnaires, carrying out simple physical activities and taking part in sessions where sticky patches will be applied to behind the ears to deliver gentle electrical stimulation .

Each session should take approximately 2 hours to complete. For more information, please read the Participant Information Sheet.

Who do the researchers need?

40 people (20 with Parkinson’s and 20 without) aged 18 years or over who have no skin abrasions or lesions behind the ears, no metallic objects (such as shrapnel, surgical clips or fragments from welding or metalwork) in their head or electronic implants in their body. Interested participants must live in Kent and be willing to travel to Canterbury for study visits.

Participants with Parkinson’s should be on stable doses of medication, no history of other neurological conditions and not be receiving apomorphine or dopamine infusion therapy.

Travel expenses on study visits to the campus of the University of Kent will be reimbursed at a rate of 45p per mile.

Interested in taking part?

Please contact Jade via email jlc57@kent.ac.uk or phone 07713805911 before 31 July 2022.