CuPiD CuPiD is a 3-year EU project to provide personalised rehabilitation via telemedicine for the major motor impairments caused by Parkinson’s disease.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of unknown cause that affects areas of the brain necessary for movement control. Recent research confirms the value of motor learning in Parkinson’s and shows that lasting improvements can be achieved through training.

CuPiD will develop innovative rehabilitation services based on the principles of motor learning and using telemedicine technology to allow the services to be delivered to the home with remote monitoring by clinicians.

This project continues OCC’s long involvement in Parkinson’s disease research, including the PERFORM project and the development of virtual reality glasses.


The CuPiD services – training at home

CuPiD will develop and test three new ‘closed-loop’ telemedicine services:

  • virtual reality rehabilitation games and exercises, including sit-to-stand and walking
  • a portable aid providing external cues on detecting (or predicting) freezing of gait
  • wearable biofeedback aids for self-training in the activities of daily life

This is the first time that such diverse and comprehensive training in a home setting has been proposed for patients with Parkinson’s disease. The outcome of the CuPiD project will establish the feasibility and long-term efficacy of this form of rehabilitation and enhance the field of non-pharmaceutical intervention.