Journal of Neurology

, Volume 264, Issue 1, pp 177–178 | Cite as

Response to: staircase climbing is not solely a visual compensation strategy to alleviate freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease

  • Sabine JanssenEmail author
  • Richard van Wezel
  • Mileha Soneji
  • Jorik Nonnekes
  • Bastiaan R. Bloem
Letter to the Editors


Visual Working Memory Visual Imagery Climbing Stair Overground Walking Visual Compensation 
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Prof. Bastiaan R. Bloem was supported by a research grant of the National Parkinson Foundation. Sabine Janssen was supported by a research grant from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sabine Janssen
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Richard van Wezel
    • 1
    • 3
  • Mileha Soneji
    • 4
  • Jorik Nonnekes
    • 1
    • 5
  • Bastiaan R. Bloem
    • 2
  1. 1.Biomedical Signals and Systems Group, MIRA Institute for Biomedical Technology and Technical MedicineUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourRadboud University Medical CentreNijmegenThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Department of Biophysics, Donders Institute of Brain, Cognition and BehaviourRadboud UniversityNijmegenThe Netherlands
  4. 4.VanBerloEindhovenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Department of Rehabilitation, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and BehaviourRadboud University Medical CentreNijmegenThe Netherlands

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