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The National Parkinson Foundation Awards Five Grants for the Falls Prevention Initiative
Date:1/3/2009

This study will validate devices aimed at measuring both the quality and quantity of activity patterns while patients move in their own environment during a prolonged time period. Bastiaan Bloem, MD, PhD and Marten Munneke, PT, PhD, Nijmegen, Netherlands; Nir Giladi, MD and Jeffrey Hausdorff, PhD, Tel Aviv, Israel.

3) University of British Colombia Pacific Parkinson's Research Center: This study will identify new variables for screening PD subjects at risk for falling, and help to focus rehabilitation efforts to reduce the current risk of falls. Mark Carpenter, PhD and Martin McKeown, PhD, Vancouver, British Columbia.

4) Struthers Parkinson's Center: This study will develop a balance assessment tool specific for Parkinson's disease and a "PD Falls Assessment Toolkit." Sotirios Parashos MD, PhD and Catherine Wielinski MPH, Minneapolis.

5) The Movement Disorders Center at Beth Israel Medical Center: This study will determine if individuals with PD who receive a three-month clinical Qi Gong intervention experience fewer falls. Sheree Loftus Fader, MSN, APRN, New York.

NPF Chapters Support Initiative

To further understand how falls can be prevented, the following NPF Chapters sponsored the Falls Prevention Initiative:

  • South Palm Beach County Chapter of the NPF, Boca Raton, FL
  • Parkinson Association of Minnesota, Plymouth
  • Parkinson Association of Northern California, Sacramento
  • Hawaii Parkinson Association, Honolulu
  • Parkinson's Resources of Oregon, Portland
  • Parkinson's Support Group of Upstate NY
  • Parkinson Association of Illinois, Chicago
  • NPF Orange County Chapter, Newport Beach, CA

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