Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center launches new research trial

December 3, 2009

By Flinn Foundation

[Source: Eureka Alert] – Officials at the new Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center at Barrow Neurological Institute announced today the center’s participation in a novel Parkinson’s study aimed at determining the physical and neurological impact of simple exercise on Parkinson’s patients. Participants’ brains will be monitored to determine if increased physical activity actually helps protect the neurons in the brain from the disease.

The study, “Exercise training in Parkinson’s disease: Neural and functional benefits”, in partnership with Arizona State University is funded by the National Institutes of Health and begins as Ali, who has suffered from Parkinson’s disease for more than 20 years, helped unveiled the new Parkinson’s center at the Barrow Neurological Institute at St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix. The 10,000 square-foot center is the most comprehensive of its kind in the nation and double the size of the original center that first opened in 1997.

For more information: Muhammad Ali Parkinson Center launches new research trial