Sydney freezing symposium: freezing of gait in Parkinson's Disease
19 June 2013
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 it's relationships to functional neuroanatomy.
We will also be joined by Quincy Almeida (Wilfred Laurier University, Canada), who will introduce results that question the role of sensorimotor impariment in the pathophysiology of freezing of gait.
After morning tea, 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.
PLEASE JOIN US
Please join A/Prof Simon JG Lewis and A/Prof Sharon L Naismith from the Parkinson's Disease Research Clinic at the Brain and Mind Research Institute for a morning of discussions that will cover topics associated with the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying freezing of gait in Parkinson's disease. Entry is free and refreshments will be served.
Time: 8.00am - 11.00am
Contact: Mac Shine
Phone: +61 2 9351 0702