Sensory Input For Balance

The University of Plymouth, supported by funding from Parkinson’s UK, are conducting a research study and would like to hear from people with Parkinson’s who may be interested in taking part.

What is the study about?

This study is investigating how people with Parkinson’s use their vision and the sensory information from their feet and legs to help with walking. We are keen to know if we can improve walking by giving more sensory information. The study is described fully in this Participant Information Sheet (download).

What would it involve?

Attending the Peninsula Allied Health Centre on the campus of Plymouth Marjon University (near Derriford Hospital, Plymouth) for a one-off testing session that would take about 1 ½ hours. During this time we will monitor how you walk when different sensory information is available.

Who would we like to hear from?

If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, are able to walk WITHOUT using a walking aid (eg stick, walker) and have NOT had major hip, knee, or ankle surgery, we would love to hear from you. You will also need to be able to travel to the Marjohn campus. We can reimburse travel costs but unfortunately cannot provide transport.

How can I find out more?

Click the link Potential Participants for a download Contact Form or contact the researcher, Dr Terry Gorst, by email terry.gorst@plymouth.ac.uk, or by phone 07737 535039.

By contacting Terry you are only committing to finding out more about the study.