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Providence, Rhode Island 02906


While Parkinson's disease has historically been defined in terms of its motor symptomatology, studies have shown that non-motor deficits form an important part of the syndrome. Cognitive deficits can occur even in the early stages of Parkinson's disease. These deficits are often subtle and do not rise to the level of impairment necessary for a diagnosis of dementia; however these deficits are discernable with neuropsychological testing and may produce subjective complaints of cognitive decline and mild functional difficulties in some patients. The traditional pharmacological interventions for Parkinson's disease have focused on controlling and alleviating motor symptoms with levodopa and dopamine agonists. However, these medications treat the symptoms of PD, but do not alter the course or progression of the underlying disorder. In contrast, rasagiline, an MAO-B inhibitor, has recently shown benefits consistent with a possible disease-modifying effect. Given the positive and intriguing findings seen with treatment with rasagiline, the investigators propose to study the effects of this medication on cognition in patients with mild to moderate stage Parkinson's disease. Hypotheses: 1. Rasagiline will improve cognitive function, as measured by performance on neuropsychological tests in PD patients who do not suffer from dementia. 2. Rasagiline will not negatively affect neuropsychiatric functioning.

Study summary:

The results of our study found that while participants receiving rasagiline showed some improvements in their motor symptoms, as measured by the UPDRS, no significant changes were found on any of the neuropsychological measures after six months of treatment with rasagiline. Further, the participant group who received placebo also did not show significant change on any of the neuropsychological measures over the six month course of our study. Finally, the cognitive performance of our treatment and placebo groups did not differ significantly from one another at baseline or after six months of study participation.


Inclusion Criteria: - age 40 or older - able to speak and read English, at least 6 years of formal education - a diagnosis of PD - have a family member or caregiver willing to fill out study questionnaires - Participants will have been on stable medication regimens (no new PD medications and no changes to existing PD medication dosages) for the 4 weeks prior to study enrollment. - If participants are already taking other Parkinson's medications at time of study enrollment, the dosages of these medications must remain stable throughout study participation. - Changes to existing Parkinson's disease medications dosages or addition of other medications to treat Parkinson's disease after study enrollment will result in removal from study. - Participants are allowed to begin non-PD medications or to have changes to their existing non-PD medications if these additions and changes are deemed medically necessary. Exclusion Criteria: - currently taking any MAO inhibitor - currently taking a cognition-enhancing medication such as a cholinesterase inhibitor medication or memantine - dementia (Mini-Mental Status Exam score below 21/30), significant depression (Beck Depression Inventory- Short Form score >7) - presence of a another neurodegenerative disorder besides PD - unstable cardiac disorder, clinically significant hepatic - lung or renal disease - In addition, changes to dosages of PD-related medications or the addition of other PD medications during the 6 month study enrollment will result in dismissal from the study.



Primary Contact:

Principal Investigator
Laura L. Frakey, Ph.D.
Brown University

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Location Contact:

Providence, Rhode Island 02906
United States

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Site Status: N/A

Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: August 31, 2019

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