Current Research Studies (Volunteers Needed)

If you are interested in participating in a clinical trial, please contact the research coordinator listed for that particular clinical trial or complete the participation form to the right.

The participation form will be forwarded to the program coordinator and you will be contacted by the appropriate person.

Pilot study evaluating the impact of functional electrical stimulation cycling on fatigue in people with moderate to severe MS

PURPOSE: This study is funded by the National Multiple sclerosis society to To evaluate the safety and effectiveness of a popular device called the FES cycle for people with moderate to severe MS. The FES cycle uses electrical stimulation provided through small patches, called electrodes, temporarily adhered to the skin overlying a person's leg muscles. Individuals will undergo testing before, during and after a 12 week training period during which they will train on the FES cycle 30 minutes a day, 3 times a week.

TO PARTICIPATE, YOU MUST:

• Be male or female at least 18 years old

• Be diagnosed with MS by a physician

• Be medically stable with approval from a physician to participate in exercise studies

• Unable to walk independently greater than household distances (EDSS >6.0)

CONTACT:  Marina Moldavskiy at 404-350-7655 or Marina_Moldavskiy@shepherd.org

Pilot Study to Explore the Effectiveness of FES Lower Extremity Cycling to Improve Walking in People with Multiple Sclerosis
 
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effectiveness of cycling with functional electrical stimulation (FES) to improve walking in people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who are already walking but limited in how far and how long they can walk or need an assistive device, such as a cane or walker. Participants will participate in test sessions on the FES cycle and 4 weeks of training 2 to 3 times a week for 8-12 weeks for a total of 24 sessions.
 
TO PARTICIPATE, YOU MUST:
 
• Be male or female at least 18 years old
 
• Be diagnosed with MS by a physician
 
• Be medically stable with approval from a physician to participate in exercise studies
 
• Able to walk at least 25 feet with or without an assistive device (such as a cane or walker) and require no more than minimal assistance for safety
 
CONTACT:  Marina Moldavskiy at 404-350-7655 or Marina_Moldavskiy@shepherd.org

 

The effect of downslope walking on spinal excitability in people with multiple sclerosis

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effect of walking on a sloped treadmill on neural function in people with multiple sclerosis (MS). Depending the slope of the walking surface, the leg muscles are recruited, or are active, differently, and they send different messages to central nervous system (brain and spinal cord). Differences in the way the nervous system and muscles interact might have a better impact on function than regular walking. This might improve nervous system function, and therefore spasticity and quality of life for people with MS.

TO PARTICIPATE, YOU MUST · be male or female at least 18 years of age and older

· be diagnosed with MS by a physician and have medical clearance to use moderate intensity walking exercise

· be able to walk independently at least household distances (EDSS 1-5.0)

· have not used slope walking as exercise · be medically stable with written approval from a physician to participate in exercise studies

· be able to follow more than 3-step commands and comply with procedures and follow up

· have assessed a Modified Ashworth Scale of spasticity score of at least 1 for at least one leg

· willing to keep your spasticity management regimen (the medications you take or any exercises you normally do) the same throughout the 7-10 day testing period

CONTACT:  Elizabeth Gonzalez at 404-350-3116 or elizabeth_gonzalez@shepherd.org