Developing Sensor Technology for Treating Parkinson's Disease

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ME Professor Rajesh Rajamani is changing the way doctors treat Parkinson's disease by developing sensor technology to fill a gap in existing treatments.



Neurosurgeon Robert McGovern was seeking a way to obtain data about patient movements outside of a clinic setting. Dr. McGovern contacted the Minnesota Robotics Institute (MnRI) and asked, "What do we need to do in order to capture a larger variety of movement data over a longer period of time?" The answer was wearable sensors that can be sent home with the patient, giving key metrics about the patient's movements — including when they stumble or fall — that could inform more targeted physical therapy and other treatments.

Learn more about the MnRI team and the project: