Paulo Pelicioni


PhD Student

(02) 9399 1024

Paulo is a PhD Candidate at School of Public Health and Community Medicine (UNSW) and Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) who is interested in ageing process and Parkinson’s disease population. Moreover, Paulo has been investigating clinical, motor features and risk of falling in people with Parkinson’s disease. Currently, Paulo has been working on fNIRS analysis to understand the brain activity when older people and people with Parkinson’s disease are performing balance tasks. Also, Paulo has been working on a Randomized controlled trial to reduce the risk of falling in people with Parkinson’s disease.

Projects Paulo Pelicioni is currently involved with


SAFE-PD (Stepping to avoid falls events in people with Parkinson’s disease)

A randomised controlled trial to reduce the risk of falling in people with Parkinson’s disease.

View the clinical trial page for more information and to express interest in volunteering for the study.



SAFE-PD (Stepping to avoid falls events in people with Parkinson’s disease)





LINDA ROYLANCE Executive Assistant : +612 9399 1124

DINAZ PAREKH Research Assistant :

Jessica Turner

JESSICA TURNER Research Assistant

JOANNE LO Research Assistant

CAMERON HICKS Research Assistant : 9399 1209

DR YOSHIRO OKUBO Postdoctoral Researcher :

Mayna Ratanapongleka



Head and trunk stability during gait before and after levodopa intake in Parkinson's disease subtypes.

Pelicioni PHS, Brodie MA, Latt MD, Menant JC, Menz HB, Fung VSC, Lord SR

People with the PD PIGD subtype exhibit impaired gait stability that is not improved and frequently worsened by levodopa. New non-pharmaceutical approaches, technological (e.g. cueing) or exercise-based (e.g. balance training) are required to improve or compensate for mediolateral gait instability in this subtype and ultimately prevent falls.

Executive functioning, concern about falling and quadriceps strength mediate the relationship between impaired gait adaptability and fall risk in older people.

Caetano MJD, Lord SR, Brodie MA, Schoene D, Pelicioni PHS, Sturnieks DL, Menant JC

Impaired gait adaptability is associated with high risk of falls in older adults. Reduced executive function, increased concern about falling and weaker quadriceps strength contribute significantly to this relationship. Training gait adaptability directly, as well as addressing the above mediators through cognitive, behavioural and physical training may maximise fall prevention efficacy.

RCVibro System: full description of a custom-made vibratory system and its reliability.

Pereira MP, Pelicioni PHS, Gobbi LTB

To describe technical details of a custom-made vibratory system (RCVibro System), as well as to determine its reliability and functionality. We conclude that RCVibro System is a highly reliable system. The results demonstrate the potential usage of RCVibro System in clinical and research settings. Further investigation is needed in people with motor and neurological disorders.

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