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    Paula D Ravin MD

    TitleClinical Associate Professor
    InstitutionUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    DepartmentNeurology
    AddressUniversity of Massachusetts Medical School
    55 Lake Avenue North
    Worcester MA 01655
    Phone508-856-4147
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        The Movement Disorder division of Neurology is currently concluding a research study of "Disabling dyskinesias in Parkinson's disease with motor fluctuations" and another of "Psychosis in Parkinson's disease." We have ongoing enrollment for "Droxydopa for orthostatic hypotension in Parkinsonian disorders" and "IvIg therapy for Multi-System Atrophy syndrome." We hope to initiate a trial soon for a new botulinum toxin in cervical dystonia and are collaborating with Neurosurgery on several studies of DBS programming parameters and olfaction, mood and affect recognition, and cognition.



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        1. Novak P, Williams A, Ravin P, Zurkiya O, Abduljalil A, Novak V. Treatment of multiple system atrophy using intravenous immunoglobulin. BMC Neurol. 2012; 12:131.
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        2. Burrows AM, Ravin PD, Novak P, Peters ML, Dessureau B, Swearer J, Pilitsis JG. Limbic and motor function comparison of deep brain stimulation of the zona incerta and subthalamic nucleus. Neurosurgery. 2012 Mar; 70 Suppl Operative:ons125-31.
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        3. Novak P, Przybyszewski AW, Barborica A, Ravin P, Margolin L, Pilitsis JG. Localization of the subthalamic nucleus in Parkinson disease using multiunit activity. J Neurol Sci. 2011 Nov 15; 310(1-2):44-9.
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        4. Reardon DA, Fink KL, Mikkelsen T, Cloughesy TF, O'Neill A, Plotkin S, Glantz M, Ravin P, Raizer JJ, Rich KM, Schiff D, Shapiro WR, Burdette-Radoux S, Dropcho EJ, Wittemer SM, Nippgen J, Picard M, Nabors LB. Randomized phase II study of cilengitide, an integrin-targeting arginine-glycine-aspartic acid peptide, in recurrent glioblastoma multiforme. J Clin Oncol. 2008 Dec 1; 26(34):5610-7.
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        5. Schlesinger I, Ravin PD. Dopamine agonists induce episodes of irresistible daytime sleepiness. Eur Neurol. 2003; 49(1):30-3.
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        6. Ravin P, Hedley-Whyte ET. Case records of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Weekly clinicopathological exercises. Case 34-2002. A 55-year-old man with cognitive and sensorimotor findings and intracranial lesions. N Engl J Med. 2002 Oct 31; 347(18):1433-40.
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        7. Selvaraj N, Drachman DA, Ravin P, Knorr JR. Myocardial infarction, seizure and an abnormal head CT scan. Postgrad Med J. 1999 Dec; 75(890):757-9.
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