Project Grant

$144,817

Dr Rebekah Blakemore
University of Otago, Christchurch

Voluntary tremor suppression in Parkinson’s disease

Why can some Parkinson’s disease patients suppress involuntary tremors? Investigating this phenomenon for the first time

Tremor is the most well-known symptom of Parkinson’s disease but unfortunately is not very responsive to the standard pharmacological treatments. Dr Blakemore’s team has, however, encountered a number of patients who are able to temporarily suppress their tremor simply by effort of will. This ability does not appear to be uncommon and is surprising, especially as it has not yet been described in the literature. Dr Blakemore proposes to investigate this phenomenon systematically for the first time, adding functional brain imaging to a suite of movement and muscle measures to understand how people can suppress involuntary tremors.