for people ages 22-75 (full criteria)
at San Francisco, California
study started
estimated completion
Principal Investigator
by Philip Starr



The purpose of this study is to use an investigational device to record brain activity for 12-24 months following surgical implantation of deep brain stimulation (DBS) systems. The goal of the study is better understanding of brain activity in movement disorders and how they relate to DBS, not to bring new devices to market.

Official Title

Chronic Effects of Deep Brain Stimulation on Cortical Local Field Potentials in Parkinson's Disease and Dystonia


Parkinson's Disease Isolated Dystonia deep brain stimulation cortical recording neuroprosthesis Parkinson Disease Dystonia Dystonic Disorders Activa PC+S chronic brain recording


You can join if…

Open to people ages 22-75

(both groups):

  • Ability to give informed consent for the study
  • Movement disorder symptoms that are sufficiently severe, in spite of best medical therapy, to warrant surgical implantation of deep brain stimulators according to standard clinical criteria

Inclusion criteria (Isolated dystonia):

  • Age 22-75
  • Isolated dystonia that is generalized or segmental, that must affect one or - Stable doses of anti-dystonia medications (such as Artane, Baclofen, or Clonopin) for at least 30 days prior to baseline assessment
  • For patients with craniofacial involvement, prior treatment with botulinum toxin with failure to adequately control dystonia symptoms.

Inclusion criteria (PD):

  • Age 30-75
  • Bilateral disease (Hoehn and Yahr stage 2 or greater)
  • Has been treated with levodopa/carbidopa, and with a dopamine agonist, at the maximal tolerated doses as determined by a movement disorders neurologist
  • Stable doses of antiParkinsonian medications for at least 30 days prior to their baseline assessment
  • Significant disability in the setting of optimal medical management by a movement disorders neurologist. Disability may be due to tremor that is unresponsive to medications, or to motor fluctuations
  • UPDRS-III score off medication between 20 and 60
  • Improvement of at least 30% in the baseline UPDRS-III on medication score, compared to the baseline off-medication score.

You CAN'T join if...

(both groups):

  • Pregnancy or breast feeding
  • MRI showing cortical atrophy out of proportion to age
  • MRI showing focal brain lesions that could indicate a non-idiopathic movement disorder,
  • Major comorbidity increasing the risk of surgery (prior stroke, severe hypertension, severe diabetes, or need for chronic anticoagulation other than aspirin)
  • Inability to comply with study follow-up visits
  • Any prior intracranial surgery
  • Mood depression with a Beck depression inventory score of > 17 on baseline screening
  • Significant cognitive impairment (MoCA<25).
  • History of seizures
  • Immunocompromised
  • Has an active infection
  • Requires diathermy, electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) or transcranial magnetic - Has an implanted electronic device such as a neurostimulator, cardiac pacemaker or medication pump.


  • UCSF Surgical Movement Disorders Center
    San Francisco California 94115 United States

Lead Scientist at UCSF

  • Philip Starr
    Dr. Starr is Professor of Neurological Surgery and holds the Dolores Cakebread Endowed Chair in Neurological Surgery. His clinical interests are in functional neurosurgery, especially in the use of implanted devices to improve brain function.


in progress, not accepting new patients
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University of California, San Francisco
Phase 1
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