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

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M Gilat is supported by a University of Sydney International Scholarship. JM Hall is supported by a Western Sydney University Postgraduate Research Award. KA Ehgoetz Martens is supported by Parkinson Canada. JM Shine is supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council CJ Martin Fellowship. CC Walton is supported by an Australian Postgraduate Award at the University of Sydney. HG MacDougall is supported by a grant from the Garnett Passe and Rodney Williams Memorial Foundation. ST Moore is supported by NASA grant NNX12AM25G. SJG Lewis is supported by an NHMRC-ARC Dementia Fellowship.

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Gilat, M., Hall, J.M., Ehgoetz Martens, K.A. et al. Staircase climbing is not solely a visual compensation strategy to alleviate freezing of gait in Parkinson’s disease. J Neurol 264, 174–176 (2017).

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