In addition to providing quality care to individuals with Parkinson’s disease, we strive to find the most effective ways of improving lives. One way to do this is to conduct clinical research that help guide the care of people with Parkinson’s disease.


Current Research Projects

“Sympathetic and Oxidative Stress Response to Maximal Exercise in Parkinson’s Disease”
Submitted to Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise
DiFrancisco-Donoghue, J, Elokda, A, Lamberg, E, Bono, N and Werner, WG. December 2007

The effects of circuit weight training and vitamin supplementation on homocysteine levels, glutathione levels, strength, balance, posture, gait and depression in Parkinson’s disease. Preparatory stage, not recruiting subjects yet.


Published Research Projects

“Comparison of once-weekly and twice-weekly strength training in older adults”
British Journal of Sports Medicine
DiFrancisco-Donoghue, J Werner, WG and Douris, P. January 2007

“Cardiovascular Response to Treadmill Testing in Parkinson’s Disease”
Journal of Neurologic Physical Therapy
Werner, WG, DiFrancisco-Donoghue, J and Lamberg, E. June 2006

“Instructional Cues and Parkinsonian gait: A pilot study” Neurology Report
Werner, WG and Gentile, AM. March 2003


If you or someone you know would be interested in volunteering for research related to Parkinson’s disease, please contact us at or 516.686.3751.
You do NOT need to have Parkinson’s disease to volunteer, healthy controls are needed.

Contact Us

Academic Health Care Center
Northern Boulevard, P.O. Box 8000, Old Westbury, NY 11568
516.686.1300 | Email | Map

Family Health Care Center
267 Carleton Ave., Central Islip, NY
631.348.3254 | Email | Map