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Parkinson’s and Related Disorders

A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.

Details

Close date
Wednesday, 8 November 2017
Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
Christchurch
On-campus or via distance?
On-campus
Qualification
PhD
Department
Medicine (UOC)
Supervisors
Professor Tim Anderson, Dr Michael MacAskill, Dr Tracy Melzer, Dr Toni Pitcher

Overview

We have some substantial projects underway in Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis and Huntington’s.

Our research is conducted at a human behavioural and clinical level.

Our methods include brain imaging (functional, structural, diffusion and perfusion MRI; metabolic and protein deposition PET), movement measurement (eye and hand tracking), and neuropsychological assessment.

These projects have roles for students from diverse backgrounds, including psychology, neuroscience, physics, mathematics, statistics, and medicine.

Potential topics

  • Progression in Parkinson’s disease: evidence from serialeye movement, MRI, and cognitive assessment
  • Freezing and falling in Parkinson’s disease – who, why and what to do
  • Multiple sclerosis – epidemiology and mechanisms
  • Cerebral haemodynamic function in ageing and dementia
  • Saccadic eye movements in health and in neurological disorders
  • Adaptation of human saccadic eye movements
  • Hand-eye coordination in real-world tasks.
  • Mathematical modeling of neurological disease onset, incidence, and progression
  • Brain imaging in other populations including very preterm birth, mild traumatic brain injury, etc

Further information

Clinical neurology

Movement

Brain imaging

PD imaging and epidemiology

Contact

Professor Tim Anderson
Email   tim.anderson@cdhb.health.nz