I received my MD degree from University of Calgary in 2007. I also obtained a PhD degree in Physiology/Neuroscience from University of Alberta. I finished my neurology residency and CIHR fellowship in Movement Disorders at the University of Alberta. I also pursued further training in Deep brain stimulation (DBS) in University of Florida. My research interest and practice are in DBS for movement disorders.
I is currently Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurology, University of Alberta, and is the co-director of DBS program. My primary research interest and practice are in Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders. Currently, we are involved in research to investigate how cortico-spinal reflex changes under the influence of parkinson medication and DBS in Parkinson's patients. We also use a computer-based tool to assess patients' decision making in DBS for Parkinson's disease and analyze the outcomes.
Since gait difficulties are one of the most debilitating symptoms in Parkinson's disease, we are also looking into the imaging biomarkers for gait difficulties and to look into the structural changes that can predict the response to treatment interventions.
I am heavily involved in teaching in movement disorders, gait and balance for students, residents, and fellows. In addition, I was chosen as "Dean’s special envoy to China" for our Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at U of A from 2015-2018 to facilitate the collaboration between several Chinese Universities and University of Alberta, given my knowledge and connections with China.
I am the education coordinator for movement disorders program/rotations. I am also involved in undergraduate medical education, and postgraduate medical education in the format of classroom teaching, small group teaching, bedside clinical teaching, and designs of OSCEs.
My primary research interest and practice are in Deep Brain Stimulation for Movement Disorders. Currently, we are involved in research to investigate how cortico-spinal reflex changes under the influence of parkinson medication and DBS in Parkinson's patients. We also use a computer-based tool to assess patients' decision making in DBS for Parkinson's disease and analyze the outcomes.
Since gait difficulties are one of the most debilitating symptoms in Parkinson's disease, I am also looking into the imaging biomarkers for gait difficulties and to look into the structural changes that can predict the response to treatment interventions.
Other research I am involved includes new drug trials for Parkinson's patients with significant motor fluctuations.
Deep brain stimulations, dystonia, freezing of gait, genetics, movement disorders, Neuroanatomical, Neurochemical, outcome, Parkinson's disease, Parkinson's disease, Freezing of gait, MRI,, patient-centered decision making, Reflex, Spinal cord circuitry
Ba, F, Martin, W.R.W., (2015). Dopamine transporter imaging as a diagnostic tool for parkinsonism and related disorders in clinical practice. Parkinsonism Related Disorders, 21: 87-94.
Ba, F., Scott, I., Camicioli, R., Martin, W.R.W., and Sankar, T., (2016). Early-onset parkinsonism induced by pallidal deep brain stimulation in cervical dystonia. Parkinsonism Related Disorders, DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.parkreldis.2016.04.018
Ba, F., Obaid, M., Wieler, M., Camicioli, R., and Martin, W.R.W., (2016). Parkinson Disease: The Relationship Between Non-motor Symptoms and Motor Phenotype. Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences. 43(2):261-7. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cjn.2015.328
Anderson, D., Beecher, G., and Ba, F.*, (2017) Deep Brain Stimulation in Parkinson’s Disease: New and Emerging Targets for Refractory Motor and Non-Motor Symptoms, Parkinson’s disease. Jun 2017; 2017 (1). https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/5124328
Cai, J., Lee, S., Ba, F., Garg, S., Kim, L.J., Liu, A., Kim, D., Wang., J, and McKeown, M. (2018) Galvanic Vestibular Stimulation (GVS) Augments Deficient Pedunculopontine Nucleus (PPN) Connectivity in Mild Parkinson’s Disease: fMRI Effects of Different Stimuli. Frontiers in Neuroscience, section Neural Technology (Front. Neurosci., 28 February 2018 | doi: 10.3389/fnins.2018.00101)
Kesarwani, R., Sankar, T., and Ba, F.*, (2018) Acute and reversible crying following deep brain stimulation targeting the globus pallidus interna in dystonia, Journal of the Neurological Sciences, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jns.2018.03.006
Nathoo, N., Sankar, T., Suchowersky, O., and Ba, F.*, (2019) Deep Brain Stimulation as a Rescue When Duodenal Levodopa Infusion Fails, Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences, 46(1):130-131, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cjn.2018.366.
Shetty, A., Camicioli, R. and Ba, F.*, (2019) Progressive Supranuclear Palsy-like Syndrome from Possible Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy, Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences,46(1):132-136, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cjn.2018.367.
Ba, F., and Jimenez-Shahed, J. (2019) Deep brain stimulation for Parkinson's disease - Does measuring quality matter? Parkinsonism Related Disorders, 60:1-2, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.parkreldis.2019.02.018
Joza, S., Camicioli, R., and Ba, F.*, (2019). Falls in Synucleinopathies. Canadian journal of neurological sciences. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/cjn.2019.287
Joza, S., Camicioli, R., and Ba, F.* (2018). Falls in Parkinson’s disease and Lewy Body Dementia. Editors: Montero-Odasso, M. and Camicioli, R. Falls and Cognition in Older Persons: Fundaments, Assessment and Therapeutic Options. In Press, Springer Nature publisher.
Ba, F., Miyasaki, J. (2019). Movement Disorders in Pregnancy. Editors: Steegers, E., Miller, E., and Cipolla, M. Handbook of Clinical Neurology: Neurology and Pregnancy, part II. Accepted, Elsevier publisher.
Joza, S., Ba, F. (2019). Matching Clinical Symptoms to Dysfunctional Motor Circuits: Neuromodulation for Motor Circuit Disorders: What, Where, When and How. Editor: Lipsman, N., Brain Circuitry and Neuromodulation: From Research to Clinical Practice. Accepted, Springer publisher.
Deep brain stimulation
Gait and balance
Neuroimaging (MRI) as biomarker for gait and balance change in Parkinson's
Visual behaviour in Parkinson's
Examples of Projects:
A Patient-Centered Decision Making Algorithm for Deep Brain Stimulation Surgery of Parkinson’s Disease Patient Selection
Stereopsis as biomarker in Parkinson’s disease
The Comparison of Parkinson’s Disease Gait and Balance Impairment in On-Freezing Patients with Non-Freezer and Off-Freezing Patients with Neuroanatomical Correlations
Multi-modality MRI study of Pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) as a biomarker for gait dysfunction and treatment prognostication
Using Spinal Reflexes as Biomarkers in Deep Brain Stimulation for Parkinson's Disease
A novel approach to investigating and treating postural instability and falls in Parkinson’s disease
Proactive Visual Stimulus for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease: Development & Validation
1. Enhancement and building on the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) Program (clinical scholarship): As the neurology lead and the co-director of the DBS program, I have standardized and worked on improvement of our DBS program through 1) encouragement for public referral and more timely access to DBS clinic; 2) standardized evaluation for surgical candidates; 3) standardized follow-up with interdisciplinary team; 4) enhancing staff and patient education; 5) Expanding well-rounded care to people with DBS, i.e. integration of geriatric assessment and introduction of palliative care model to patients (and family) in advanced disease stage.
Our DBS program is well-recognized with wide collaborations. I have been interviewed by national TV (CBC hockey night in Canada) and Global TV on how DBS can improve patient quality of life.
2. Academic: I received a project grants from Both China (National Natural Science Foundation of China) and Canada for Parkinson related research. I have been invited by multiple journals as a regular reviewer (i.e. BMJ, JNNP, PDRD, CJNS, etc.).
3. Education: I continue to focus on education in a wide spectrum of activities. My Master student, and Clinical research fellow received several recognitions and awards at national level. The residents and fellows I have mentored have multiple presentations and publications.