The Multiple Sclerosis Research Group at the University of Massachusetts is conducting a study funded by the Department of Defense to develop an instrument to measure changes in sensorimotor function for improved assessment of early Multiple Sclerosis (MS) progression before changes occur that lead to the onset of disability.
Methods: The aims of this study are to: 1) determine the optimal components of a MS Neuromotor test, and 2) to evaluate changes in sensorimotor function over a 2-year period to determine the sensitivity and validity of the designed neuromotor test for detecting change. We are recruiting healthy control participants to be part of this larger study on MS, by providing data on possible age related sensory or motor changes of the measures.
Participants will be asked to complete a series of questionnaires, be evaluated for sensorimotor function by: sensation testing at the hands and feet, upper and lower limb proprioception, a foot tapping test, and mobility tests including: timed up and go, 25ft walk, and six spot step test. The total study is expected to last for 3 years, with participant and your contribution would consist of a baseline assessment, and two follow-up measurements, one after 6 months and one after 2 years. All data collections will last for a duration of 1.5 hours at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
We are currently recruiting:
Females or males who are between 21 and 65 years of age
Without a diagnosis of MS
Have visual acuity of 20/20 (corrected with glasses/contacts is fine)
Who do not have any: neurological, musculoskeletal, metabolic, cardiovascular, cognitive or other major diseases or injuries.
For more details/or to participate please contact Juli Averill at the Sensorimotor Control Laboratory.