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Neuroscience Research and Clinical Trials

Norton Neuroscience Institute offers neuroscience clinical research trials for qualified patients. Patients can participate in studies that cover a wide range of neurological and neurosurgical conditions such as aneurysm, stroke, dystonia and Alzheimer's disease. For more information about our research and clinical trials, call (502) 899-6417 or email

Alzheimer's Disease

Title: Evaluation of a handheld event related potential (ERP) system (COGNISION) as a useful biomarker for Alzheimer's disease.

Sponsor: Neuronetrix, Inc.

Physician Investigator: Bradley Folley, Ph.D.

Research Details: The purpose of the study is to determine whether a portable noninvasive test administered with the COGNISION system can effectively tell apart probable Alzheimer's disease (AD) from normal aging.

Movement Disorders

Title: Physiological Brain Atlas Development

Sponsor: Vanderbilt University

Physician Investigator: Todd Shanks, M.D.

Research Details: The purpose of this study is to improve the way deep brain stimulators (DBS) are implanted and learn how it works after it is implanted.  

Obsessive/Compulsive Disorder

Title: Medtronic Reclaim Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Sponsor: Medtronic

Physician Investigator: Todd Shanks, M.D.

Research Details: This is a Humanitarian Use Device used to treat Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.  

Spine Surgery

Title: Prospective Study to Evaluate the Occurrence of Transient Dysphagia and Hoarseness Following Anterior Cervical Spine Surgery

Sponsor: NH Investigaor

Physician Investigator: Christopher Shields, M.D.

Research Details: The purpose of this study is to identify risk factors that will prevent the occurrence or alleviate the severity of difficulty swallowing or hoarseness following anterior cervical spine surgery.

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