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Neural Mechanisms Underlying Gait and Balance Control

The Balance Disorders Laboratory's current studies are relating integrity of the brain’s postural/locomotor circuits to objective measures of balance and gait disorders in patients with idiopathic Parkinson’s disease as well as patients with Frontal Gait Disorders (e.g., vascular parkinsonism). These projects will improve our understanding of the role of the frontal cortex in balance and gait and how cognitive impairments relate to postural disorders with the goal of improving mobility rehabilitation in the elderly.

Fling et al. Asymmetric pedunculopontine network connectivity in parkinsonian patients with freezing of gait (FoG+) (2013). Brain, 136(8):2408-18.

 

Locomotor Network Connectivity Alterations in Parkinson's Disease

Locomotor Network Connectivity Alterations in Parkinson's Disease