About the study

Researchers at The University of South Australia and Flinders Medical Centre are conducting a research study to investigate a new magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) method for aiding diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. The study involves 36 adults that have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and 100 healthy adults who do not have Parkinson’s disease, with equal numbers of males and females in each group.

The study involves several tests performed over 2–3 appointments (~4 hours in total) at the University of South Australia (City East Campus), Neurology SA (Blackwood), and Flinders Medical Centre. The tests include:

  • questionnaires on medical history, drug use, memory, thinking, mood, and hand dominance
  • performing simple movement tasks with your hands while activity in your muscles is recorded with non-invasive electrodes stuck on the skin
  • a neurologist asking you to perform a range of movements (e.g. walking, speaking) and asking you questions about your health
  • collecting pictures of your brain using MRI and ultrasound – both of which are safe and non-invasive.

Eligibility requirements

  • The research team is currently recruiting healthy males (aged 30-50 years) and females who are living with Parkinson’s disease (aged 30-80 years).


All eligible participants will be reimbursed for their time ($50 upon completion of the study).

Contact details

For more information or to register your interest please contact unisa.researchvolunteers@unisa.edu.au or phone 8302 1365.

This project has been approved by the University of South Australia Human Research Ethics Committee (protocol number: 0000035836) and the Southern Adelaide Clinical Human Research Ethics Committee (protocol number: 178.19)