Dr. Pretzer-Aboff and Dr. Cloud's Research on Vibrating Shoe Device as Treatment for Freezing of Gait in PD
Dr. Ingrid Prezter-Aboff and Dr. Leslie Cloud are working in collaboration with computer engineer Dr. Gang Zhou of William & Mary in the study and developemnt of a vibrating shoe device that has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of freezing of gait in Parkinson's Disease. Last month, Dr. Pretzer-Aboff led a fascinating presentation to the Movers & Shakers, our program's advisory and core philanthropy group, demonstrating this technology and the auspicious results of their research thus far. Resonate Forward, LLC is the company designing and manufacturing the devices for clinical use, but the research testing will be conducted here at VCU. Visit their website and learn more at https://resonateforward.com.
In late January, Dr. Pretzer-Aboff and Dr. Cloud submitted a letter of intent for a grant from Virginia Bio that is dedicated to funding projects in Virginia with high profile potential. The grant would provide $200,000 towards their vibration therapy project, contingent upon VCU's commitment to producing matching funds for the project. The Parkinson's and Movement Disorders Center has until March 5, 2018 to raise $200,000 towards this research grant. If you would like to fund their research on vibration as treatment for freezing of gait in Parkinson's Disease, please contact Carrie Bickford at Carrie.Bickford@vcuhealth.org or Eliza Janus at Eliza.Janus@vcuhealth.org, or mail your check to VCU Health Office of Development, Box 980275, Richmond, VA 23298-0275. Checks should be made payable to MCV Foundation, with "Virginia Bio Grant" in the memo line. You can download a copy of our donation form at this link: Virginia Bio Grant Pledge Form
Pictured below: Dr. Ingrid Pretzer Aboff (left), Dr. Leslie Cloud (right)