Dr Arthur Thevathasan
University of Melbourne
Closed-loop deep brain stimulation: Optimising treatment of Parkinsons disease using adaptive stimulation
National Health and Medical Research Council
Deep brain stimulation is an established therapy for Parkinson’s disease when patients symptoms cannot be controlled adequately using medication. Although deep brain stimulation usually improves quality of life significantly, existing devices have shortcomings that often result in poor symptom alleviation and/or undesirable side-effects. This project is aimed at developing an innovative system that automatically adjusts stimulation according to the continually fluctuating needs of each patient.