Agenda 26mar2019 PhD defense Ana Ligia Silva de Lima

Ana Ligia Silva de Lima Quantifying Parkinson’s disease: the use of technology for objective assessment of motor symptoms

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) usually visit a neurologist twice a year for specialized care. During those consultations, neurologists evaluate symptoms and their impact to choose the best treatment.

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Ana Ligia Silva de Lima Quantifying Parkinson’s disease: the use of technology for objective assessment of motor symptoms

People with Parkinson’s disease (PD) usually visit a neurologist twice a year for specialized care. During those consultations, neurologists evaluate symptoms and their impact to choose the best treatment. However, short evaluations do not provide a complete picture of how people function in daily-life. Technology offers the possibility to continuously evaluate symptoms in daily-life. This thesis investigated whether technology (a smartphone, a smartwatch and a necklace) could be used by people with PD in daily-life. Results here presented showed that people with PD, including older or more severely affected, are able to use technology to collect information about their symptoms. Furthermore, by using data collected with those technologies, it is demonstrated that medication intake does not change the amount of minutes a person with PD walks daily. Finally, it is shown that people with PD fall more often than elderly of the same age and gender.
 

Date, time and location PhD defense

  • Date: 26 March 2019
  • Time: 16.30 hrs
  • Location: Radboud Universiteit, Academiezaal Aula, Comeniuslaan 2

About the PhD Candidate

Ana Lígia Silva de Lima (1989) received the title of Bachelor in Physiotherapy at the Universidade Estadual da Paraíba - Brazil.

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About the PhD Candidate

Ana Lígia Silva de Lima (1989) received the title of Bachelor in Physiotherapy at the Universidade Estadual da Paraíba - Brazil. The research in this thesis was performed at the Radboud University Medical Center, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behavior in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Currently, she works as a postdoctoral researcher at the Parkinson’s Center of Expertise, in the Neurology department of the Radboud university medical center.
 


Promotor

  • Promotor(s): Prof. B.R. Bloem
  • Co-promotor(s): M.J. Faber PhD

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