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Motor Cortex Stimulation for Severe Pain PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christopher Lind   
Thursday, 23 July 2009 20:21
The Surgical NeuroDiscovery Group offers an operation known as Motor Cortex Stimulation for patients suffering from particular severe pain syndromes of the upper limb and/or face. This is a signficant development for the West Australian Neurosurgical Service and adds to our armamentarium against severe intractable pain.  To date we have been referred individuals with nerve-related facial and limb pain and several with pain resulting from brain or spinal cord damage. We are collaborating with the Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Department of Pain Management and Professor Sergio Starkstein, Neuropsychiatrist at UWA and Fremantle Hospital for preoperative assessment and postoperative follow up. We are generally recommending a period of trial stimulation over the brain surface followed by permanent implantation of a pacemaker to drive the system if pain relief is achieved. If pain relief is not achieved then the electrodes are removed. Some individuals may then be offered a trial of deep brain stimulation surgery depending on the nature of the pain syndrome.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 21:46 )
Recommended Movement Disorders Resource PDF Print E-mail
Written by Christopher Lind   
Friday, 27 June 2008 22:44

We Move

Neurofinity highly recommends We Move as a source of information for people with movement disorders. Content is relatively well screened for accuracy although you should consult your doctor before making any changes to your treatment strategy. Every individual is different and there may be specific medical reasons why some advice may not be suitable for you. In addition to this, some treatment strategies are controversial and may not be safe in your situation. There are varying levels of evidence to support different therapies and your doctor is well placed to discuss these with you and individualise your treatment.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 24 July 2008 14:14 )
First-hand Accounts of Deep Brain Stimulation PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 June 2008 17:29

ABC Catalyst Programme: Deep Brain Stimulation

After being diagnosed with a devastating neurological disease called Generalised Dystonia, Perth man Luke Wilmot became confined to a wheelchair for most of his teenage years. As a result, Luke was robbed of the simple things in life; like having a job, playing footy or getting his license. At times he felt like dying.

Read the transcript or watch the video online at the ABC site.

How a Tiny Electrode can Change People's Lives

Wired Magazine and PBS brings you an interested piece on Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) from a patient's perspective. Includes video. Please note that there are some technological differences with our work.

View the story at the PBS website.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 23 August 2009 22:11 )
Perspectives on Parkinson’s PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 06 June 2008 03:34

Perspectives on Parkinson’sPerspectives on Parkinson's (POP) is committed to funding research into the development of a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

POP was established in 2007 by Nerissa Mapes, who was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s Disease at 28.

Nerissa’s vision is a cure for Parkinson’s disease in her lifetime.

Perspectives on Parkinson’s recognises the individual journey each person with Parkinson’s is on and hopes that in helping to find a cure the road ahead will become clearer and the journey not so difficult.

Adapted from the POP website.


Perspectives on Parkinson’s partners with the Howard Florey Institute and Parkinson’s Victoria. Nerissa has particular talent in communication and is helping Chris Lind to explore opportunities for stimulating Parkinson's philanthropy within Australia.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 12 May 2010 21:51 )
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