Neurology – Deep brain stimulation and how it affects Parkinson sufferers.
The Professor discussed common behaviour in Parkinson’s sufferers and how the study of these behaviours, with reference to DBS and how this can help patients. Particularly focusing on the behaviour of blinking and explaining how it is a evolutionary behaviour designed to maintain moisture on the cornea.
Although I didn’t fully understand all the science and anatomy in this lecture the images and metaphors used to explain points were very stimulating. For example the Professor described the over stimulated neurological paths like a Black friday shopping crowd – people shouting and being disorderly and unable to hear one another – resulting in the body acting unexpectedly. Testing is still ongoing as to whether this information can actually help Parkinson’s sufferers.
The images from the lecture have made me think about the possibility of mapping the body, maybe with X-rays or MRI, as well as possibly looking into neurological pathways in the brain.