High Order Spectral Analysis of Local Field Potential Data on a Subgroup of Parkinson's Disease Patients Who Are Carriers of Mutations in the Glucocerebrosidase (GBA) Gene Undergoing DBS Electrode Placement

2020-02-17 18:20:53 | BioPortfolio


We aim to study a specific group of PD patients, carriers of mutations in the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) gene, which is the most common genetic risk factor for PD and is a harbinger of aggressive cognitive and motor decline. Approximately 12-17% of PD patients undergoing DBS are GBA mutation carriers. GBA mutation carriers with PD have a specific phenotype characterized by more significant motor dysfunction and reduced short-term visual memory function compared with their non-GBA counterparts. Thus as GBA mutation carriers have a "signature" phenotype, we hypothesize that these GBA mutation carriers have a unique "signature" of oscillatory activity that can be distinguished from non-mutation carriers during motor activation and during cognitive tasks. Identification of this "signature" will provide critical information that is required to: 1) understand the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms responsible for the aggressive disease course of GBA associated PD, and 2) further develop customized adaptive DBS systems.

Study Design


Parkinson Disease


collection of LFPs


Rush University Medical Center
United States


Enrolling by invitation


Rush University Medical Center

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