On-Site PhD conferral Margot H.M. Heijmans
Supervisor: Prof. dr. Yasmin Temel
Co-supervisors: Dr. Pieter Kubben, Dr. Mark Kuijf
Key words: Parkinsons’s disease, wearable sensors, MRI
"Track and treat Parkinson’s disease using wearable sensors and MRI"
The research projects described in this thesis investigated the role wearable sensors and MRI can play in tracking and treating Parkinsons’s disease. This research has shown that wearable sensors can especially play an important role in home monitoring systems. Such systems can measure Parkinson’s disease symptoms at home, and can therefore give the treating clinician a better view on the disease course. This may eventually lead to better treatment adaptation. The research in this thesis has also described the role that more detailed MRI images may play in tracking and treating Parkinson’s disease. For example, this research has shown that using more detailed MRI images led to a different placement of deep brain stimulation electrodes in the brain. Further, it describes the possible role more detailed MRI images may play in the diagnostic work-up of Parkinson’s disease.