People with neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease have deficits in various motor and non-motor symptoms, including gait as the essential form of human locomotion. Parkinsonian gait can be characterised by motor blocks (freezing of gait), reduced step lengths, larger gait asymmetry and impaired gait regularity. These gait deficits are associated with falls and impact patients' mobility and quality of life. 

Split-belt treadmill is investigated in this project to rehabilitate gait disorders of people with Parkinson's disease. A split-belt treadmill has two belts, allowing to adjust the belt's velocity of left and right leg independently. Split-belt treadmill is a promising tool to modulate gait deficits, particularly gait asymmetry. The transfer and storage of newly learned gait patterns imposed by different split-belt conditions will be investigated.

The project is funded by the Jacques & Gloria Gossweiler Foundation.



  • Prof. Dr. Alice Nieuwboer, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Prof. Dr. Burkhard Weisser, Department of Sports Science, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
  • Prof. Dr. Walter Maetzler, Department of Neurology, University Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany