Advances in precision motion and imaging clinical trial endpoints collection for Parkinson’s Disease

September 23, 2022
Virtual Webinar

Register now to reserve your seat for this multidisciplinary virtual roundtable on advances in clinical trial endpoints collection for Parkinson’s disease.

During this roundtable, a panel of clinicians and scientists will review advancements in imaging modalities and the expansion of wearable sensors for instrumented performance outcome, and the collection of digital clinical trial endpoints for Parkinson’s disease trials. Examples will include how these approaches generate richer data and clinically meaningful outcomes in use cases to evaluate parameters such as disease progression and intervention efficacy. The featured speakers will discuss practical applications of precision motion sensor-based solutions to generate real-world data on patient functional mobility, and how it can influence patient’s perception of Quality of Life & Activities of Daily Living impact.

In this webinar, the speakers will share clinical examples illustrating the selection and use of appropriate imaging studies and wearable sensors technology to capture performance outcome clinical outcome assessment (PerfO COA) in Parkinson’s disease and related central nervous system conditions including:

  • Advances in neuroscience imaging and analysis that monitor disease progression, therapeutic efficacy, and characterize clinical findings in PD
  • Enhancement of established PerfO outcome measures: the opportunity of wearable sensor technology to provide deeper insights to established COA in Parkinson’s disease trials
  • The role of mobility-related sensor technology in decentralized clinical trials: applications of wearable sensors in assessing efficacy and safety data within Parkinson’s disease
  • Highlights of regulatory frameworks, industry Consortia groups’ positions or recommendations for evaluating and validating device-driven data capture and digital outcomes measures including validation to support clinical trial endpoints (for example, FDA, DIA, C-Path, DiMe and ISPOR)

Case study examples:

  • Findings from the field: discussion of sensor-derived data findings and the relationship to clinical outcome assessments in Parkinson’s disease
  • Clinical trial protocol development considerations: selecting a “wearables platform” — device parameters, data management, medical vs consumer-grade devices
  • Outcome measure alignment to indication/disease severity considerations, access to technical & clinical expertise in trial planning and conduct and data analysis


  • Live Q&A with panelists

Join the speakers as they share their experiences and insights on the key aspects of selection and analysis in clinical trial endpoints, including recent US Food and Drug Administration Digital Health Technology (FDA DHT) guidance and Clinical consortia collaboration on digital outcome measures, data quality management and the expanding role of wearable technology devices in decentralized and hybrid trials.


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Kristen Sowalsky, PhD, DC

Director, Clinical Science and Consulting at Clario

Dr. Sowalsky leads the scientific consulting services team for Precision Motion at Clario. With an advanced background in applied neuromechanics, kinesiology and exercise science, including six years as a provider in clinical practice, she consults with clinicians, researchers and product technologists providing scientific evidence and advice to sponsors and CRO’s on meeting clinical trial study objectives. Dr. Sowalsky’s academic achievements include a BS in kinesiology and exercise science from Appalachian State University, Doctor of Chiropractic from Logan University and a PhD in applied neuromechanics, from the University of Florida.

Passionate about improving the lives of patients and their families, Dr. Sowalsky continues to build the body of evidence for precision motion monitoring measures of PerfO to capture clinically meaningful digital mobility outcomes to inform therapeutic innovation and development.

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Fay Horak, PhD, PT

Chief Scientist, Consulting at Clario

Dr. Horak is an internationally recognized physical therapist, neuroscientist and author on all aspects of digital outcome measures related to mobility. Concurrent with her role as Chief Scientist, consulting at Clario; Dr. Horak holds the Jay Nutt MD endowed chair as a Professor of Neurology, Behavioral Neuroscience and Bioengineering and is Director of the Balance Disorders laboratory at the Oregon Health and Science University School of Medicine.

Dr. Horak studies neurological disorders that affect balance and gait in the elderly, people with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, cerebellar ataxia, vestibular injury or disease, diabetic neuropathy and back pain.

She is the recipient of numerous awards from the American Physical Therapy Association and is the first physical therapist to receive the prestigious MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health recognizing over 30 years of continuous funding. Dr. Horak earned a BS from University of Wisconsin, an MS from University of Minnesota and a PhD from University of Washington.

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Martina Mancini, PhD

Expert Consultant, Parkinson’s Disease, Consulting at Clario

Dr. Martina Mancini studies how to improve everyday functional mobility and prevent falls with rehabilitation interventions by investigating the pathophysiology of motor impairments and objectively characterizing them with new technologies.

Using a variety of body-worn sensors to characterize movement (i.e., EMG, inertial sensors) and brain activity, this line of research helps determine how the central nervous system integrates sensory information in healthy individuals and those with movement disorders, with a particular focus on Parkinson’s disease. These novel, objective metrics of movement, combined with neurophysiological information, determine optimal variable(s) to integrate with biofeedback, resulting in more effective rehabilitation interventions.

In addition to her consulting role at Clario, Dr. Mancini is an Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, at Oregon Health and Sciences University. She earned her BSc in biomedical engineering, MSc in biomedical engineering and PhD in biomedical engineering at the University of Bologna, Italy.

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Diane Stephenson, PhD

Critical Path Institute

Dr. Diane Stephenson, a neuroscientist by training, combines 30 years’ experience in academic neuroscience and drug discovery.

Passionate about translational science, she is dedicated to the discovery of therapies to treat diseases of the nervous system. Dr. Stephenson’s research focuses on amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Her industry work prioritizes discovery for Alzheimer’s disease, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. Dr. Stephenson has over 55 scientific publications and six patents in the neuroscience area. Her technical expertise includes neuroimaging, neuropathology and animal model characterization.

As an ambassador for public-private partnerships, she has initiated numerous external academic collaborations including worldwide alliances. Dr. Stephenson received her undergraduate degree in biochemistry at the University of California, Santa Barbara and her PhD in medical neurobiology from Indiana University. Currently, Dr. Stephenson leads multidisciplinary teams of academic experts, industry scientists, patient advocacy groups and regulatory experts collectively aimed at accelerating treatments for patients with neurodegenerative diseases.

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Madhura Ingalhalikar, PhD

MRI Scientist, Neuro Medical Affairs at Clario

Dr. Ingalhalikar is an expert in MR Neuroimage acquisition, processing and analysis.

Her clinical trial work on imaging endpoints targets the development of novel techniques in diffusion MRI analysis and connectomics, neuro-radiomics and AI-based analysis applied to Parkinson’s disease, multi-system atrophy, Duchene’s muscular dystrophy, autism and brain tumors. Dr. Ingalhalikar received a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa, with a keen focus on method development for deformable registration of diffusion tensor images. At her post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, department of radiology, she progressed from the diffusion MRI to connectomics and machine learning for neuro-image analysis.

Dr. Ingalhalikar is an early founder of Symbiosis Center for Medical Image Analysis, and a five-year faculty member of Symbiosis International University. She has authored over 50 high impact research papers and serves as Associate Editor of the Journal of Neuroradiology, the official publication of the French Society of Neuroradiology.

Who should attend?

  • Clinical Operations teams: regulatory, compliance, medical affairs
  • R&D Innovation group members, Directors of Biometric Data and Biostatistics
  • Protocol Development team & Regulatory Submission strategists
  • Therapeutic Area/Global Development teams for neuromuscular/movement disorder — primarily Parkinson’s disease
  • Indications Global Development teams for clinical programs for multiple sclerosis, ataxias, ALS, muscular dystrophy
  • HEOR data teams

What you will learn

Attendees will:

  • Understand current environment and practical applications of precision motion approaches & sensor-enabled instrumented tests to measure performance outcome clinical outcome assessments for Parkinson’s Disease
  • Understand how performance outcome assessments of functional mobility can provide insights on the patient-reported Quality of Life impact and clinically meaningful outcome measures in Parkinson’s disease trials
  • Understand the selection and use of key imaging modalities & correlated clinical trial endpoints in Parkinson’s Disease evaluation
  • Understand considerations in device-generated data and analytics to support endpoint evaluation