This center is investigating complementary and alternative treatments for neurodegenerative diseases (e.g., Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's Disease, MS, stroke). Current fully developed projects include the study of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation to relieve the depression associated with Parkinson's disease, the use of Valerian to treat sleep disturbances in Parkinson's disease, and the investigation of the effect of the Chinese mind-body modalities of Tai Chi Chuan and Qi Gong on motor disabilities associated with Parkinson's disease. Current pilot study projects include, "Sex hormones as neuroprotective agents in a transgenic mouse model of Huntington's disease" and "Effects of neuromuscular massage therapy in patients with Parkinson's disease." These research projects are supported by administrative, biostatistical, and movement analysis core components.
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