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Movement disorders and rehabilitation

Parkinson's disease, stroke, motor neuron disease, and many other neurological disorders all affect our ability to move normally.

Parkinson's disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system caused by the insufficient formation and activity of dopamine in the brain. A stroke occurs when the blood supply to the brain is interrupted causing brain damage. Motor neuron cells control voluntary and automatic muscle activity including speaking, walking, breathing, swallowing, and general movement of the body.

Some motor neuron diseases – such as ALS – are progressive in nature, and cause extreme disability and eventually death.

Ataxia is a dysfunction of the parts of the nervous system that coordinate movement. The slurred speech and stumbling gait of a person who has consumed too much alcohol is a temporary form of ataxia that resolves once the alcohol has left the bloodstream.

Find out more about our research into these brain mechanisms:

Parkinson's disease

Stroke

Ataxia

Motor neuron disease, multiple sclerosis, neuropathy