09:15pm Thursday 14 December 2017

Opening the mind to treatments for movement disorders

Lecture looks at the brain and movement disorders

The lecture – What makes us tic? The human brain, movement disorders and the way forward – will be held at 6 pm at the Mutual Community Lecture Theatre, Basil Hetzel Building, City East campus on Tuesday December 14.
 
Dr Todd says movement disorders and illnesses where the symptoms cause abnormal movement have an enormous impact on people’s lives.
 
“Illnesses such as Parkinson’s disease, Essential tremor and restless leg syndrome can have a profound effect on people’s lives and the lives of their families,” Dr Todd says.
 
“They can make it difficult to perform the most basic tasks, cut people off from their social environment and they are a major cause of loss of mobility and independent living.
 
“It is also not commonly recognised that the lifetime costs in social and economic terms of an Australian patient with for example Parkinson’s disease, is comparable to the cost of a patient with cancer.”
 
Dr Todd’s lecture will focus on how researchers are working to reduce the severity of the symptoms by investigating control of movement in conscious people.
 
“Many of these disorders can’t be treated with current drug therapies or the side effects are too serious,” Dr Todd says.
 
“So the work we are doing to explore how the brain controls movement could have the potential to pioneer other forms of treatment and bring thousands of sufferers a better quality of life.”


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