CONTACT: STEVE MARAVETZ
283 Medical Laboratories
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-8037; fax (319) 335-8034
People with Parkinson's disease invited to participate in study
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Researchers at the University of Iowa College of
Medicine are inviting interested persons with Parkinson's disease to participate
in a study to test the effectiveness of a new drug treatment for the disease.
To be eligible for the study, which is being conducted in the UI department
of neurology, persons must have never been treated with L-dopa, the most
common drug currently prescribed for the disease.
According to Dr. Robert Rodnitzky, professor of neurology and principal
investigator for the study, about one percent of persons over the age of
55 have the disease. It is more common on a per capita basis in Iowa than
in many other areas, due to the state's number of elderly people.
Persons interested in participating in the study should contact Judy
Dobson, (319) 356-8958.