Movement Disorders Research at the Bionics Institute

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Movement Disorders Research at the Bionics Institute

Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB 402, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus


Movement disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Essential Tremor can be treated with deep brain stimulation (DBS) where controlled electrical pulses are delivered to targeted brain structures using an implanted stimulator. Stereotactic neurosurgery and careful image-guided planning ensures precise placement of DBS electrodes, yet intraoperative brain shift due to loss of intracranial pressure and cerebellar fluid leakage can impact on accuracy and consequently patient outcomes. Furthermore, stimulator settings (current/voltage, pulse duration, frequency) must be optimised to yield the best therapeutic outcomes. Subjective symptom monitoring techniques are adequate for routine patient care, yet lack sensitivity and are prone to bias when applied as part of clinical trials. At the Bionics Institute, we are investigating methods to improve electrode localisation and developing objective instruments to measure symptoms such as tremor, rigidity and balance.

The lecture is organised by the Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS) at Brookes.

Places for this event are limited so please book your place.



About the Speaker

Dr Thushara Perera has a Bachelor in Electronic Engineering (Hons) and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering from La Trobe University (Melbourne, Australia), where he won the Tad Szental Prize for best graduating engineer and the Hooper Memorial Prize for best final-year project. Dr Perera completed his PhD in neuroscience and joined the Bionics Institute as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in 2012. Here, he worked as part of the Bionic Vision team to successfully trial Australia’s first bionic eye. At present, his research focusses on cutting-edge therapies for neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease. Dr Perera’s role in innovation was recognised in 2016 with a prestigious veski Victoria Fellowship. More information about Dr Perera can be found here