Healthy males needed for Oxford research study

We are calling on healthy men in the Oxfordshire area to take part in a research study.

The Discovery study, which is funded by the charity, is investigating whether it's possible to detect and diagnose Parkinson's earlier.

Who do the researchers need?

It's exciting to feel like you're part of a study which could bring us closer to a cure

Dr Arthur Roach, Director of Research

The 5-year study is looking for up to 300 healthy male volunteers who:

  • are ideally aged between 50 and 75
  • are based in the Oxfordshire area
  • have no family history of Parkinson's
  • are English speaking with no sleep or memory issues

What's the Discovery study about?

Dr Michele Hu, who is leading the study, comments:

"In the very earliest stages of Parkinson's, some people develop a condition called REM sleep behaviour disorder which causes them to act out their dreams, often shouting out, or thrashing around in their sleep.

"We are studying people with and without this sleep disorder to understand how Parkinson's develops.

"We urgently need more healthy men to get involved in this research which we ultimately hope will lead to better diagnosis and treatments for those living with Parkinson's and their families."

What's it like to take part?

Last month, Parkinson's UK's Director of Research, Dr Arthur Roach, took part in the study. He said:

"It's a great opportunity for people to get involved with a research study to help us understand Parkinson's better.

"It's essential that people without the condition take part so that the research team can look for subtle differences that may be the key to diagnosing Parkinson's earlier.

"I found taking part really interesting and enjoyable as it involves testing things like sense of smell and doing mental challenges, and it's exciting to feel like you're part of a study which could bring us closer to a cure." 

Want to get involved?

If you're interested in taking part, please contact the team at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on 01865 223166 or by email at [email protected].