Nadine Jacobsen, PhD Candidate
Gait impairments are a specific hallmark of Parkinson’s disease. A better understanding of the electrophysiological cortical changes underlying gait abnormalities such as freezing of gait and action sequencing impairments in Parkinson’s is needed to develop symptom driven cortical neuromodulation interventions. The cortical signatures of gait may serve as a biomarker of cognitive impairment helping to understand the pathophysiology of cognitive decline.
Therefore, the aim of my PhD is the development of mobile EEG solutions and paradigms to capture the cortical signatures of gait. Gait-related brain activity may provide more information than the measurement of gait characteristics alone. Our long-term goal is to establish new approaches as a tool for monitoring PD progression and evaluating therapeutic interventions.
Low-cost mobile smartphone EEG technology is combined with motion sensor signals in order to implement paradigms that can be reliably used outside of a laboratory environment.
Hence, I am interested in the detection of gait parameters using motion sensor signals such as acceleration alone. Furthermore, I research the removal of movement artifacts from EEG signals to identify gait-related neural activity patterns.
since October 2018
PhD student at the Neuropsychology Lab under supervision of Prof. Debener
2015 – 2018
Master of Science in Neurocognitive Psychology, Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg, Germany
2012 – 2015
Bachelor of Science in Psychology, University of Hamburg, Germany
I am supervising practical projects and internships! If you are interested in participating in our research or you have an own idea you want to implement, please contact me: nadine.jacobsen(at)uol.de