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Research Studies: Parkinson's Disease

Currently enrolling studies:

Neurodegenerative Disorders Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) Biorepository


  • This study is investigating potential biomarkers for Parkinsonian disorders by collecting cerebrospinal fluid, the fluid that the brain sits in. Samples may also be used for future research.
  • The study will collect clinical information and cerebrospinal fluid sample from individuals with any type of Parkinsonian disorder. Non-UCSD patients will first need to be seen at UCSD to confirm the diagnosis and medical history. Participation will include one study visit to complete a lumbar puncture.

MJFF Biomarker T-cell mediated autoimmune responses in PD


  • The study is aimed to define the role of T Cells in Parkinson's Disease through the investigation of T cell reactivity of alpha-synuclein protein.
  •  The study will collect clinical information and blood sample from individuals with Parkinson’s disease and healthy volunteers. Participants will be required to come in for one visit to donate 250 mL of blood.
Parkinson's Outcomes Project and Patient Registry Study

  • The goal of this study is to better understand Parkinson’s disease as an illness and ultimately improve the care and survival of those with the disease.
  • The study will collect clinical information from individuals with Parkinson’s disease at one visit. Currently, we are only enrolling established UCSD patients.

PDGENE - Parkinson's Foundation: PDGeneration: Mapping the Future of PD


  • This study is focused on assessing the impact, feasibility and participant satisfaction of offering genetic counseling as part of clinical care for people with Parkinson's Disease.
  • The study will collect clinical information and blood sample from individuals with Parkinson’s disease at one visit.


For further information about this and other studies, please contact Aishwarya Niraula by email a2niraula@health.ucsd.edu or phone 858-246-3190.


Closed studies:

MJFF Minority Outreach Project an educational Tool Kit for Hispanic PD Community


  • The study aimed to develop and perform qualitative interviews with Hispanic PD Patients, their caregivers, and healthcare providers serving Hispanic predominant communities in order identify their perceived barriers related to participating in PD research and their understanding of PD.
  • The study is currently closed for participation. We appreciate all volunteers that were part of this study and we hope to share our published paper on this project soon.