2017 News Archive
- PolliNation Takes Top Spot at Sustainability LaunchPad Awards 2017
- 2017 NUI Awards names two UCD Engineering Students
- Irish startup raises £1.3m bringing digestive food tracker to market
- Professor Anding Zhu received an Investigator Award
- Maintaining the balance of power – through engineering
- Engineering a smarter treatment for Parkinson’s disease
- Smart science to power the Internet of Things
- Annual Teaching Awards BBQ
- Analog Devices Ireland Scholarship Presentations
- Stimulating the brain to treat Parkinson’s disease
- Irish Academy of Engineering Parsons Medal Winner
- Science Foundation Ireland funding
- Prof. Sheridan elected a fellow of the Optical Society
- Prof. Thomas Brazil elected President of the IEEE MTT
Engineering a smarter treatment for Parkinson’s disease
Monday, 4 September, 2017
“We are building computer models of electrodes, of brain tissue, of the nerves that convey signals to muscles and of the muscles themselves.”
In the fifth installment of our researcher case studies we look at Dr Madeleine Lowery of the UCD School of Electrical & Electronc Engineering.
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative disease that affects parts of the brain that control the movement of muscles, and can result in the person having ‘shakes’ or tremors and experience difficulty walking and speaking. One treatment for these symptoms is Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), which implants an electrode into the brain to calm muscle tremors and other motor symptoms.
Professor Madeleine Lowery is using computer models to build a better understanding of how DBS affects brain tissue, how it stimulates the nerves that carry signals to muscles and how it impacts the muscles themselves.
Ultimately the aim is to develop a ‘smart’ Deep Brain Stimulation system that can figure out what the person needs and can automatically deliver the correct level of timely stimulation, thereby reducing symptoms effectively and with longer battery life.
You can find the full text here: Engineering a smarter treatment for Parkinson’s disease