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Older adults: Are gait and balance parameters assessed in the lab comparable with those collected in domestic environment?

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Frail older patients: How do sarcopenia, balance and gait deficits, and falls interact?

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Prodomal idiopathic Parkinson‘s disease (PD): Can selected gait and balance parameters bes used as earliest markers of neurodegeneration?

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Developing novel tools from wearable sensor data for neurodegenerative disease management using deep learning techniques.

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Shifting the gear on shifiting weight: an analysis of freezing-related balance deficits in advanced PD

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How does peripheral neuropathy affect gait and balance in PD?

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Older adults: Which factors drive effective training of standing balance?

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Older adults at risk of falling: Can a pertubation-based gait training programme prevent future falls?

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Older adults who fall: Can a wireless acoustic feedback system prevent falls?

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Does methylphenidate treatment in older adults affect attention and motor control during gait initiation under dual tasking situations?

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Harmonisation of Keep Control assessment protocols, inclusion of the ICF model as a framework, meta-analysis

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Implementation of Internet platform, evaluation of feasibility and users‘ motivation

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Keep Control is an EU-funded industrial academic initial training network towards specific diagnosis and treatment of age-related gait and balance deficits. It covers the entire range of expertise necessary and utilizes cutting edge technology to educate 12 PhD students in the area of gait and balance deficits in older adults.

Balance and gait deficits are ubiquitous among the older population, and lead to enormous personal, occupational and health care burden. Emerging pharmacological and non-pharmacological interventions to date have only small to moderate effects on these deficits. This is likely due to remaining fundamental questions on underlying mechanisms and treatment.

Keep Control consists of experts from clinical, biomechanic and neuroscience research, along with experts from the industry, who all aim at gaining a better understanding and treatment of balance and gait deficits in older adults. We aim to scrutinize aspects such as: (1) comparability of balance and gait assessment in the clinic and the home environment, (2) gait and balance deficits as prodromal markers of neurodegeneration, and as markers to differentiate between Parkinsonian syndromes, (3) association between freezing of gait and balance, and (4) gait and balance deficits in patients with sarcopenia. Tools such as sophisticated lab-based gait and balance assessment devices, perturbation treadmill, wearable devices, electrophysiology and blood and tissue investigations will be implemented. We will further employ promising therapeutic strategies for specific gait and balance deficits in older adults, including both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic strategies.