Principal Investigators

    Dr Arthur Thevathasan


    University of Melbourne

    Contact information of lead PI



    Title of project or programme

    Improving a new form of deep brain stimulation to treat gait and balance disturbance in Parkinson's disease

    Source of funding information

    National Health and Medical Research Council

    Total sum awarded (Euro)

    € 135,555

    Start date of award


    Total duration of award in years



    Research Abstract

    Over 64,000 Australians have Parkinson’s disease. Most patients with Parkinson’s disease ultimately develop gait ‘freezing’ and poor balance, which impair quality of life and cause falls. Unfortunately, gait freezing and poor balance often don’t improve with conventional treatments. We are therefore helping to develop a new treatment for these symptoms, which involves implanting a pacemaker into a very deep region in the brain called the “Pedunculopontine Nucleus’.

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Types: Investments < €500k
Member States: Australia
Diseases: N/A
Years: 2016
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