Prof Simon Lewis
University of Sydney
Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease
National Health and Medical Research Council
Freezing of Gait (FOG) affects half of all patients with Parkinsons Disease (PD) with episodes causing the feet to feel glued to the ground leading to a significant falls risk. The mechanisms underlying FOG are not well understood and current treatments are usually ineffective. Combining brain wave recording, eye-tracking and functional brain scanning we will identify the changes that precipitate an episode of FOG allowing the development of a non-invasive device to prevent falls.