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DIT Lecturer presents public lecture on his research on Parkinson’s Disease

Posted: 23 January, 2017

Dr John Butler, a lecturer in Mathematical Sciences at DIT will give a talk on sensory, motor and decision making in people with Parkinson's Disease.

The lecture will take place on Tuesday 24 January, 6pm in DIT Kevin Street (Room B16).

Dr Butler will present a series of research studies which investigate sensory, motor and decision making in people with Parkinson’s disease using virtual reality, behavioural tasks and electrophysiological recordings. Freezing of gait (FOG) is a brief, episodic phenomenon affecting over half of people with Parkinson’s disease and leads to significant morbidity. The pathophysiology of FOG remains poorly understood but is associated with cognitive and motor decline. The findings strive to explore sensory and motor biomarkers of Parkinson’s disease and FOG for early intervention, even possibly in the preclinical phase of the disease.

The talk is part of a nationwide lecture series presented by Engineers Ireland Biomedical Engineering Division. You can find more information about the series here