Symposium - Freezing behaviour in Parkinson's disease: A phenomenon beyond gait?

19 July 2013

Freezing of gait is a major cause of disease burden, yet the disorder is poorly understood. New insights into the condition have arisen from novel tests using neuroimaging and other tasks.

Freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease

Freezing behaviour in PD is not restricted to gait and a number of studies have shown that it affects other functional domains including hand movements, operating foot pedals and speech. These findings suggest that the freezing phenomenon reflects a more generalised neural impairment and is not simply the product of motor dysfunction.

A phenomenon beyond gait?

We will be joined by Alice Nieuwboer and members of her laboratory who will speak about their recent, exciting work exploring the mechanisms underlying upper limb freezing and its relationships to functional neuroanatomy.

Sensorimotor impairment

We will also be joined by Quincy Almeida, who will introduce results that question the role of sensorimotor impariment in the pathophysiology of freezing of gait.

Network dysfunction

We will discuss some of our recent experimental findings that have examined the relationship between cognitive deficits and freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. In addition, we will highlight some new neuroimaging results and determine the extent to which they advance our understanding of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease.

Hosted by the Brain & Mind Research Institute

Time: 8am - 11am

Location: Brain & Mind Research Institute, Level 5 Lecture Theatre, 94 Mallett Street, Camperdown

Contact: Mac Shine

Phone: +61 2 9351 0702

Email: 242d27761e0f4637542e0737530403036828500d622402