Understanding Parkinson’s Disease using Deep Brain Stimulation

Student: Aaron Chau

Institutions Affiliated: University of Calgary

Supervisor: Dr. Zelma Kiss

Type: Basic, Mind and body

Background: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an invasive surgical procedure used to treat Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This project took advantage of the unique opportunity of patients undergoing DBS surgery to better understand the contribution of the cerebellum (a brain structure) to dysfunctions in PD.

Impact: A better understanding of how the cerebellum contributes to PD symptoms could open the door to new mind and body approaches to treating PD via the cerebellum.