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The Rescue Collaboration


Dr Anna Jones

Dr Lynn Rochester

Sylvia Walters

Vicki Hetherington

Katherine Baker

Ann Gibson


Prof. Alice Nieuwboer

Anne-Marie Willems

Fabienne Chavret


Prof. Gert Kwakkel

Dr Erwin Van Wegen

Inge Lim

Cees de Goede

The Rescue Collaboration

Coordinated by Northumbria University, the Rescue project is a collaboration between Northumbria's School of Health, Community and Education Studies, the Faculty of Physical Education and Physiotherapy at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, and the Medical Centre at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

The Northumbria team brings specific research expertise to the project in relation to investigating walking in the home context during functional activity. Additionally their work has focused on investigating the inter-relationships between fatigue, activity, cognitive and behavioural characteristics and personal accounts of managing mobility in Parkinson’s disease.

The Leuven team’s specific expertise lies in the investigation of the effect of auditory cueing on walking and turning in Parkinson’s disease using 3D gait analysis equipment in the laboratory. Leuven took the lead on collating the clinical test batteries and project documentation used in the different phases of the study.

The Amsterdam team’s specific expertise rests in the investigation of visuals cues on walking in Parkinson’s disease using treadmill, optic flow, ambulatory monitoring and gait analysis technology. The team has developed the prototype cueing device with TEMEC Inc. It has led on the development of the randomised control trial methodology and the testing of the clinical battery of outcome measures.

Together the teams are now undertaking a 2 year randomised control trial of cueing as a rehabilitation strategy. This strategy is based on guidelines developed from a synthesis of results from all centres during year 1 of the 3 year project (2002-2005).

Additional support is provided by the project's affiliation with Northgate and Prudhoe NHS Trust.

The project is funded by the European Commission's Framework 5 Programme.


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