NeuRA research project in Coffs Harbour

Story supplied by Parkinson’s NSW

Researchers from Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) visited Coffs Harbour in March to conduct a study into upper limb function in people living with Parkinson’s.

The research study utilised the Physiological Profiling Assessment (PPA) and the data gathered will be used to produce simple tests that can be used in population studies and patient group clinics.

This will provide normative data for documenting the type and severity of upper limb motor impairments and guide the future development of strategies to improve function in ageing and other disorders, including Parkinson’s.

More than 30 people participated in the research – all recruited through Parkinson’s NSW Support Groups with the assistance of Coffs Harbour based Parkinson’s Clinical Nurse Consultant Vince Carroll. PhD student Lewis Ingram who undertook the assessments said that the response from the people of Coffs Harbour had been amazing.

“To recruit this many people in Sydney would take me 12 months,” he said. “I will ensure everyone at NeuRA is aware of this. We hope to have more research opportunities for rural and regional areas. What we have achieved in Coffs goes a long way to ensure that we will be back.”