The Parkinson Alliance Funds 2014 Research Grants

(November 4, 2014) – The Parkinson Alliance is funding two research projects in 2014.

It is using its grant from the 2014 Parkinson’s Unity Walk to fund A Responsive Closed-Loop Approach to Treat Freezing of Gait in Parkinson’s Disease, a research study conducted by Dr. Michael Okun. The researchers believe there are two critical brain areas which are not functioning in concert in Parkinson’s disease and that their dysfunction may lead to freezing of gait. They are looking to develop a “smart” DBS system which will monitor these two brain areas (and the network between them), and deliver the pulses necessary to address freezing episodes in real time. Read more…

Dr. Lily Laiho from California Polytechnic State University is conducting a study Freezing of Gait Device. Freezing of Gait (FOG) is one of the most insidious symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. The main goal of this project is to create a reliable and cost-effective device that can assist individuals with Parkinson’s disease in decreasing instances of freezing when FOG occurs. It is expected that the users of this device will be able to minimize their incidents of freezing. Read more…