Parkinson's wristwatch unveiled

First published: 20-05-2009

A wristwatch capable of monitoring Parkinson's sufferers could soon be used to help doctors manage treatment for the disease.

Researchers from Victoria have designed a prototype of a new watch that records symptoms of patients throughout the day, with data potentially being used to develop new drugs.

Victoria minister for innovation Gavin Jennings, who unveiled the prototype at the BIO2009 conference in Atlanta, US, expects the wristwatch to have an "enormous impact" on the wellbeing of Parkinson's sufferers.

He said: "What this clever device does is provide the physician with an objective measurement of how a patient's symptoms have changed over time.

"It is the first of its kind and will provide physicians with information about the effectiveness of medications and guide them in adjusting the timing of medications."

The watch will now be developed for commercial sale through funding from Melbourne's Medical Research Commercialisation Fund.

BIO2009 started on May 18th and comes to an end tomorrow (May 21st).

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