July Research Forum – Smart Socks to improve walking ability
Tuesday, 6th July 2021

For our July forum we were pleased to welcome Dr Matthew A. Brodie from UNSW Founders, Tyree IHealthE, and Walking Tall Health as the guest presenter.

Missed the event? Watch a recording below.

Dr Brodie talks about his amazing research using peripheral neuronal stimulation to help people with Parkinson’s walk. Dr Brodie is also asking people to complete an online survey to gather feedback on the final design of the medical device.
Complete the survey here:

Dr Brodie, a neuroscientist and engineer, is a senior lecturer at UNSW’s Graduate School of Biomedical Engineering, former NHMRC fellow and former New Zealand young scientist of the year (future science and technology).

He made a breakthrough discovery that, in small pilot studies, has profoundly improved the walking ability of some people living with Parkinson’s. The resulting “Marathon” bands were recently used by David Cox (a person living with Parkinson’s) for the first time for a 42km marathon walk (from Bondi to Manly) to raise money for Shake It Up Australia.

With funding from Shake It Up Australia Foundation, Dr Brodie is about to start a randomised controlled trial comparing active neuronal stimulation technology imbedded into smart socks, with a traditional exercise program called Mobility Plus combined with a passive stimulation socks.

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