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The MAL has launched a study entitled “EMG modules as a novel biomarker of basal ganglia plasticity in Parkinson’s disease”. The study funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation aims to identify specific characteristics of muscle activity that could be linked to changes within the brain that are associated with Parkinson’s disease.

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Bjoern Eskofier

Bjoern Eskofier is a Professor of Computer Science in Sport at the Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen-Nuernberg (FAU), Germany.

Research Interests:

- applied machine learning, data mining, signal processing, simulation, human-computer-interaction, and sensor integration

- wearable computing systems in wellness, fitness, sports, and health care

Link: Digital Sports Group (https://www5.cs.fau.de/research/areas/digital-sports/)

The main purpose of my time as a visiting researcher in the MAL was data analytics in a Michael J Fox Foundation project on sensor-based assessment of Parkinson’s disease. I experimented with deep learning artificial neural networks and other machine learning methods using data collected in the lab and at home. Besides that, I had many fruitful discussions and exciting interactions with Paolo and the fantastic MAL team!