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Research Study: MS and Aging


Number of Subjects: 50
Medication: NA
Location: Connecticut|New Jersey|New York
Institutions: Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University
Bronx, NY Contact Information




Purpose of the study
The goal of this research study is to evaluate how the brain is involved in walking in older adults with and without MS. The results will provide valuable new information about how brain structure and function affect the affect walking abilities and risk of falling. If successful, the findings may lead to possible new treatments that could improve brain control and efficiency of walking.

What is involved?
Participation begins with a telephone interview to see if the study is a good fit for you. If it’s a good fit, and you agree to participate, you will have two in-person study visits. The first visit takes approximately 3 hours. You will be asked to fill out some questionnaires, complete a few tests that assess cognitive functions (e.g., memory, attention), and participate in some walking and mobility tests. During this visit, using a non-invasive optic imaging technique that utilizes light properties, we will assess changes in brain function during active walking. The second visit is expected to be less than 2 hours and you will be asked to have one MRI (time in the scanner is one hour). The research team will gladly share the results of the MRI with your treating neurologist if you are interested. Both visits take place at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. The research team will arrange free private transportation to and from the research center for each visit. Participants will be compensated for their time and effort.

The research team strives to make your experience a positive one and has put in place several precautions to ensure your safety during the pandemic. The staff is vaccinated, always wear masks, and maintains appropriate distance. Study visits are conducted with only one person at a time.
Who can participate?
The researchers are looking for people who:
 Are at least 60 years of age
 Have been diagnosed with relapsing remitting MS (RRMS) or secondary
progressive MS (SPMS)
 Can walk 20 feet without assistance or with a single-point cane
 Have been on the same MS disease-modifying therapy for at least 6
 Meet additional study criteria

Interested in participating?
Complete this form to let the research team know of your interest. You can also call or email them at 718-430-3972 or

Ferkauf Graduate School of Psychology, Yeshiva University
Bronx, NY

Please note: This is not a clinical trial of an intervention, but rather a research study.


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