The high prevalence of movement disorders throughout the world means that a large number of people are afflicted with diseases that cause involuntary movements. Our research takes a number of forms, including research on the clinical features, epidemiology, genetics, neuro-imaging characteristics, and mechanisms of these disorders. Our clinical studies also extend to experimental therapeutics, where a number of treatment trials are currently underway.
All of our clinical research involves the participation of patients who have involuntary movements. The bulk of our current clinical research relates to the diseases essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease/Parkinsonism and dystonia, although a number of new programs are in the planning phase.
Our research program on tremor disorders is the foremost program on tremor research in the country. For Restless Legs Syndrome, we conduct research to understand the biological mechanisms of the disease and clinical trials to optimize treatment strategies.
Visit yalestudies.org to view available clinical trials or learn more about clinical research at Yale.