Repurposing a Device to Treat Abnormalities of Gait and Balance in CNS disorders
Principal Investigator: Dr. James Young, Dr. Max Fitzgerald
Disease: MS, Parkinson’s, stroke, traumatic brain injury
Research Description: Neurological conditions (including MS, Parkinson’s disease, stroke and traumatic brain injury) cause mobility impairment that is described by patients as the most intrusive symptoms impacting their quality of life. A form of electric stimulation administered with a device placed on the tongue has been studied for many years in patients with a variety of neurological disabilities. A portable version of the device, referred to as the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator or PoNS, is being repurposed experimentally to improve gait and balance difficulties for people with these neurological disabilities. In this pilot study, Drs. Young and Fitzgerald are evaluating the effectiveness of combining the PoNS device with customized exercise/therapy routines to improve gait and balance for MS and Parkinson’s patients with moderate difficulties with mobility. They also expect to see other potential benefits to mood, quality of life and other functional aspects of daily living.
Funding Partners: Anonymous
CWR funding role: Primary funder