Global Kinetics Corporation with researchers from the Florey Neuroscience Institute, presents the Personal KinetiGraph™ (PKG™) movement recording. The PKG™ Data Logger is a wrist worn device, that looks like a wristwatch, that automatically records movement data to assist Doctors in their diagnosis and treatment of the symptoms of movement disorders.
The Personal KinetiGraph™ (PKG™) movement recording
The PKG™ Data Logger is worn like a wrist watch and features a vibrating reminder of when patients should register that they have taken their levodopa medication as prescribed by their Doctor. It is worn continuously over 6 to 10 days in the home environment during the activities of daily living, during which time it uses an accelerometer to automatically record movement data.
This data enables a report to be created for the Neurologist showing the kinematics of symptoms of movement disorders and the timing of levodopa medication for compliance monitoring.
Having an objective record of the movement symptoms assists the Doctor’s understanding of the nature and progression of the disease. On assessment of the movement recording the Doctor may change the treatment: type, amount or timing of the medication, or recommend an advanced therapy, such as deep brain stimulation.
The Personal KinetiGraph™ - cutting edge technology being used by Doctors to help improve the quality of life for sufferers of movement disorders.
The PKG™ is cleared by the FDA for sale in the United States.
About Movement Disorders, Such as Parkinson's Disease
There is a broad range of movement disorders, with Parkinson’s Disease being the most prevalent. Globally, there are over 6 million people who have Parkinson’s Disease. 10% of people who are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease are younger than 50 years.
Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive disorder of the frontal lobe of the brain, the part of the brain that controls impulsive and non-impulsive movement. People with Parkinson’s have less dopamine, a chemical ‘messenger’ in the brain that sends messages to the body on how control movement.
The main motor (or movement) related symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease are are bradykinesia, rigidity, tremors, postural instability. Other non-movement symptoms may be experienced such as speech and swallowing difficulties, cognitive impairment or behavioural change and sleep disturbance.
The most common treatment for Parkinson’s disease, levodopa, aims to increase the amount of dopamine in the brain. Treatment doesn’t cure the disease, but can improve symptoms to enable people with Parkinson’s to live independently and enjoy a better quality of life. Parkinson’s disease is a challenging illness and each person may experience different symptoms with varying severity.
Other Movement Disorders include Parkinsonian Tremor, Restless Legs Syndrome, Dystonia, Huntington’s disease, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) or Wilson’s Disease.
News and Reviews
National Parkinson Foundation Collaborate on Clinical Research Project
US-based National Parkinson Foundation (NPF) and GKC will commence a clinical research collaboration to study the impact of continuous objective measurement of movement in patients with Parkinson's using the PKG Movement Recording System.
The project will be a mutli-centre randomised controlled trial involving over 400 people with Parkinson's and conducted as part of the NPF Parkinson's Outcomes Project Registry Study.
Peter Schmidt, PhD and Senior Vice President and Chief Mission Officer of the NPF commented “Our hope is that this new PKG study will show how we can use technology to provide information to guide better and more effective clinical decisions.”
To read the full article and learn more about the NPF and this study please click here
Parkinson's Institute to provide Institute patients with access to PKG™
GKC has entered into a partnership with the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center in Sunnyvale, California, to provide Institute patients with access to the PKG.
Over a six month period up to 300 people with Parkinson’s will trial the PKG technology in a protocol driven Service Evaluation.
Carrolee Barlow, MD, PhD and CEO of the Parkinson’s Institute commented “We are thrilled to be able to partner with GKC to bring this innovative technology to our patients.” Dr Barlow also noted that the PKG was “set apart from all the other “wearable” technology which are used for personal health because this system has been FDA cleared to be used by doctors to assess a person’s Parkinson’s symptoms.”
To read the full article and learn more about the Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center please click here
GKC Platinum Sponsor of Parkinson's Victoria A Walk in the Park
Global Kinetics Corporation were pleased to be part of another successful Parkinson's Victoria A Walk in the Park.
The annual event attracts thousands of people supporting the Parkinson's community and raises much needed funds for support services for people with Parkinson's.
The GKC marquee on the day provided a range of information on recording and managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s including medication management, symptom variation, sleep, impulse control behaviours and staying active. Please contact GKC if you would like a copy of any of the information available on the day.
To watch a short news article on the event please click here