Parkinson’s disease, cerebral palsy & cerebellar ataxia - improving mobility
This research was completed on 31 August 2005
|Project Leader||Dr D E Marple-Horvat DPhil and Miss D Kaur-Mann, BSc.|
|Location||Centre for Biophysical and Clinical Research into Human Movement, Manchester Metropolitan University.|
|Grant awarded||7 November 2002|
|Start date||1 August 2003|
|End date||31 August 2005|
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