My research focuses on activity and participation in people ageing with neurodegenerative disorders, including major (dementia) and minor neurocognitive disorders and with a specific focus on Parkinson’s disease.
More specifically, my research targets gait and balance problems (including falls and fear of falling), physical activities, mobility devices and accessibility problems. For example, I am the PI for the project Home and Health in people Ageing with Parkinson’s disease and I am engaged in the Swedish BIOFINDER Study.
Ongoing projects are mainly done in collaboration with researchers within the Strategic Research Area in neuroscience (MultiPark) at Lund University (LU), the Forte-financed ”Centre for Ageing and Supportive Environments” (CASE), Basal Ganglia Disorders Linnaeus Consortium (BAGADILICO) and the Swedish ParkinsonAcademy
I am currently the main supervisor for one PhD student (Manzur Kader) and assistant supervisor for two PhD students (Beata Lindholm, Kristina Rosqvist).
• 1993-2011 Clinical position as a RPT at the Department of Neurosurgery, Lund, Skåne University Hospital
• 2006- Lecturer at the Department of Health Sciences, LU
• 2009 PhD
• 2010 Senior Lecturer
• 2010-2012 nominated, selected and participated in the 2-year academic leadership program: Academic Traineeship II
• 2010-2012 Post-doctoral position, Department of Health Sciences, LU, Research group: Active and healthy ageing
• 2013 Associate Professor
• 2012-2015 Research position (50%) funded by MultiPark
Board member of the Swedish Movement Disorders organization for health sciences (VfMD) since 2009. Member of the steering committee of the Swedish ParkinsonAcademy as well as of the steering group of the Strategic Research Area in neuroscience (MultiPark), LU. Moreover, I have participated in the European collaborative project regarding evidence based guidelines concerning physical therapy for people with Parkinson’s disease.
Nilsson, Maria (2009). Balance performance in people with Parkinson’s disease. Effects of subthalamic Deep Brain Stimulation. Lund University, Faculty of Medicine Doctoral Dissertation Series 2009:102