06:05pm Tuesday 26 September 2017

Researchers hoping to improve the lives of people with Parkinson's

Dr. Kahn’s research looks into how a computer game can be used to improve cognitive ability for people with Parkinson’s. Many people experience a decline in cognitive function such as the ability to focus their attention.
 
Dr. Khan believes this is because the loss of dopamine decreases top-down control (the ability to choose how to behave, instead of reacting automatically). She is developing a computer game designed to improve top-down control for people with Parkinson’s, which could help them to maintain their independence and help to boost quality of life.
 
“The computer game has the potential, at a low cost, to improve the lives of people with Parkinson’s cognitively and possibly, physically,” Dr. Kahn says.
 
Dr. Levy, a neurosurgeon, is comparing two different theories about communication among brain cells and in different parts of the brain. He hopes to improve deep brain stimulation and other surgical treatments for people with Parkinson’s disease.  
 
“If we can learn about the underlying function of the brain and what’s abnormal about it in Parkinson’s disease, then we can develop new therapies,” Dr. Levy says.
 
Drs. Kahn and Levy are among nine researchers being recognized at an event hosted by Parkinson Society Central & Northern Ontario in Toronto today.
Queen’s University
Kingston, Ontario, Canada. K7L 3N6. 613.533.2000

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