Faculty Members

Dr. Fang Ba

Assistant Professor

Department of Medicine

Division of Neurology
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About Me

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.


Teaching

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.

Research

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.

Research Keywords

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