Parkinson’s disease – exercise programmes to reduce the risk of falling
This research was completed on 31 March 2005
|Project Leader||Dr A M Ashburn, PhD, MPhil, MCSP, SRP, Dr C Ballinger PhD, MSc, Dip COT, SROT, Dr R M Pickering, PhD, CStat and Professor David L McLellan, MB, PhD, FRCP.|
|Location||Health and Rehabilitation Research Unit and the Medical Statistics Group, Southampton General Hospital in conjunction with the School of Health Professions and Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Southampton.|
|Grant awarded||12 March 2001|
|Start date||1 April 2002|
|End date||31 March 2005|
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