Journal article

Increased functional connectivity of thalamic subdivisions in patients with Parkinson’s disease

Conor Owens-Walton, David Jakabek, Brian Power, Mark Walterfang, Dennis Velakoulis, Danielle van Westen, Jeffrey CL Looi, Marnie Shaw, Oskar Hansson

Published : 2019

Abstract

Parkinson’s disease (PD) affects 2-3% of the population over the age of 65 with loss of dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra impacting the functioning of basal ganglia-thalamocortical circuits. The precise role played by the thalamus is unknown, despite its critical role in the functioning of the cerebral cortex, and the abnormal neuronal activity of the structure in PD. Our objective was to more clearly elucidate how functional connectivity and morphology of the thalamus are impacted in PD ( n = 32) compared to Controls ( n = 20). To investigate functional connectivity of the thalamus we subdivided the structure into two important regions-of-interest, the first with putative connect..

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