Dr Wei-Peng Teo



Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Research Fellow


Faculty of Health


School of Exercise & Nut. Sci.


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Bachelor of Science, Edith Cowan University, 2007
Master of Science, Edith Cowan University, 2009
Doctor of Philosophy, Univ. of Western Australia, 2014


+61 3 924 45229


I am currently an early-career academic/researcher with the focus of further developing my research experience in the area of neurorehabilitation. I am particularly interested in the use of non-invasive brain stimulation to prime the brain so as to maximise rehabilitation outcomes for Parkinson's disease and Stroke.

My research focus stems from my doctoral work which examined the neural correlates of movement rate and amplitude in healthy subjects and patients with Parkinson’s disease. Amongst the cardinal signs of Parkinson’s disease, bradykinesia and hypokinesia present as the most easily recognisable signs and is usually apparent before any formal neurological assessment is made. This often results in slowness of movement and resulting in a reduction in activities of daily living. My research suggests that an increased state of brain hyperexcitability and a reduction in cortical inhibition in the primary motor cortex plays a significant role in both bradykinesia and hypokinesia. Additional findings also indicate that both bradykinesia and hypokinesia have distinct neural mechanisms that are affected differently by levodopa medication.

Following the completion of my doctoral thesis, I worked as a research fellow at the National University Hospital in Singapore investigating the efficacy of non-invasive brain stimulation and robotic training in chronic stroke patients. The concept of this study was based on a two-tiered approach targeting the central nervous system using non-invasive brain stimulation  and providing sensory feedback through manipulation of the affect limb using a robotic arm.

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Research interests

  1. Effects of exercise on brain plasticity in healthy ageing and chronic neurological disorders
  2. Effects of non-invasive brain stimulation on learning and cognition in Parkinson's disease and stroke
  3. Brain-computer interface robotic training for neurorehabilitation
  4. Effects of sleep deprivation and shift work on brain function

Teaching interests

  1. Motor learning and skill acquisition
  2. Motor control
  3. Resistance training
  4. Movement disorders
  5. Neurorehabilitation

Units taught

HSE204- Motor Learning


  1. Teo WP, Zhao L, Chew E, Ang KK, Phua, KS, Wang CC, Guan C. (2013) Brain-computer interface robotic training and non-invasive brain stimulation for stroke rehabilitation: possibility or virtual reality? Australian Physiological Society Meeting, Geelong, Victoria. - Invited Speaker
  2. Hong X, Ong YZ, Teh I, Nasrallah FA, Lu ZK, Teo WP, Guan C, Ang KK, Phua KS, Zhao L, Chew E, Chuang KS. (2013). Brain connectivity and CBF changes following motor training by MI-BCI combined with tDCS in stroke patients. 21st International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, Salt Lake City, Utah. - Poster
  3. Teo WP, Rodrigues JP, Mastaglia FL, Thickbroom GW. (2012). A comparison of rapid finger tapping and finger flexion-extension tasks in Parkinson’s disease. 16th International Congress for Parkinson’s disease and Movement Disorders, Dublin, Ireland. - Oral Presentation
  4. Teo WP, Rodrigues JP, Mastaglia FL, Thickbroom GW. (2011). Central changes after rhythmic movement: Effect of movement rate and cerebral dominance. 10th Motor Control and Human Skills Conference, Mandurah, Western Australia.- Oral Presentation
  5. Teo WP, Rodrigues, JP, Thickbroom GW. (2011). Corticomotor excitability after non-fatiguing dynamic finger movement tasks. Australian Neuroscience Society Sensorimotor Satellite Meeting, Auckland, New Zealand.- Oral Presentation
  6. Teo WP, Rodrigues JP, Thickbroom GW. (2011). Changes to corticomotor excitability and movement frequency after paired-pulse TMS at I-wave interval: A randomised control study. 27th Symposium for Western Australian Neuroscience, Perth, Western Australia.- Poster 
  7. Teo WP, Joshi S, Dulyba JM, Pelc JJ, Rodrigues JP, Thickbroom GW. (2011). Kinematic and Corticomotor Changes Associated with Repeated Maximal Finger Movement Task in Healthy Individuals. Australian Neuroscience Society, Auckland, New Zealand.- Poster


  1. National Stroke Foundation Small Project’s Grant. “Combined bilateral transcranial direct current stimulation and functional training for stroke rehabilitation” Teo WP. & Kidgell DJ. 2013 (AUD$19,477)
  2. Concurrent strength training and transcranial stimulation to improve gait and balance in idiopathic Parkinson’s disease” Teo WP., Rantalainen T., Johnson L., Muthalib M. & Kidgell DJ. 2015 (AUD$21,000)


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Commentary: cumulative effects of anodal and priming cathodal tDCS on pegboard test performance and motor cortical excitability.

Pierre Besson, Stephane Perrey, Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Dr Mark Muthalib

(2016), Vol. 10, pp. 1-3, Frontiers in human neuroscience, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Bihemispheric-tDCS and upper limb rehabilitation improves retention of motor function in chronic stroke: A pilot study

Miss Alicia Goodwill, Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Prue Morgan, Prof Robin Daly, Dr Dawson Kidgell

(2016), Vol. 10, pp. 1-14, Frontiers in human neuroscience, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Does a combination of virtual reality, neuromodulation and neuroimaging provide a comprehensive platform for neurorehabilitation? - A narrative review of the literature

Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Dr Mark Muthalib, Sami Yamin, Dr Ashlee Hendy, Kelly Bramstedt, Eleftheria Kotsopoulos, Stephane Perrey, Hasan Ayaz

(2016), Vol. 10, pp. 1-15, Frontiers in human neuroscience, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Motor cortex excitability is not differentially modulated following skill and strength training

Mr Michael Leung, Dr Timo Rantalainen, Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Dr Dawson Kidgell

(2015), Vol. 305, pp. 99-108, Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1


Facilitating effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on motor imagery brain-computer interface with robotic feedback for stroke rehabilitation

Kai Keng Ang, Dr Cuntai Guan, Kok Soon Phua, Chuanchu Wang, Ling Zhao, Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Changwu Chen, Yee Sien Ng, Effie Chew

(2015), Vol. 96, pp. S79-S87, Archives of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Philadelphia, Pa., C1


Exergaming as a viable therapeutic tool to improve static and dynamic balance among older adults and people with idiopathic Parkinson's disease: a systematic review and meta-analysis

Mr Dale Michael Harris, Dr Timo Rantalainen, Dr Mark Muthalib, Dr Liam Johnson, Dr Wei-Peng Teo

(2015), Vol. 7, pp. 1-12, Frontiers in aging neuroscience, Lausanne, Switzerland, C1


Anodal tDCS Prolongs the Cross-education of Strength and Corticomotor Plasticity

Dr Ashlee Hendy, Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Dr Dawson Kidgell

(2014), pp. 1-37, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, Philadelphia, PA, C1


Poor tolerance of motor cortex rTMS in chronic migraine

Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Aravinda Kannan, Pei-Kee Loh, Effie Chew, Vijay Sharma, Yee-Cheun Chan

(2014), Vol. 8, pp. 1-2, Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, India, C1-1


Modulation of corticomotor excitability after maximal or sustainable-rate repetitive finger movement is impaired in Parkinson’s disease and is reversed by levodopa

Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Julian P. Rodrigues, Frank Mastaglia, Gary Thickbroom

(2014), Vol. 125, pp. 562-568, Clinical neurophysiology, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Motor imagery BCI for upper limb stroke rehabilitation: an evaluation

Sau Wai Tung, Dr Cuntai Guan, Kai Keng Ang, Kok Soon Phua, Chuanchu Wang, Ling Zhao, Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Effie Chew

(2013), pp. 261-264, 35th Annual International Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Piscataway, N.J., E1-1


Comparing kinematic changes between a finger-tapping task and unconstrained finger flexion-extension task in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Julian P. Rodrigues, Frank Mastaglia, Gary Thickbroom

(2013), Vol. 227, pp. 323-331, Experimental Brain Research, Germany, C1-1


Breakdown in central motor control can be attenuated by motor practice and neuro-modulation of the primary motor cortex

Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Julian P. Rodrigues, Frank Mastaglia, Gary Thickbroom

(2012), Vol. 220, pp. 11-18, Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


Post-exercise depression in corticomotor excitability after dynamic movement: a general property of fatiguing and non-fatiguing exercise

Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Julian P. Rodrigues, Frank Mastaglia, Gary Thickbroom

(2012), Vol. 216, pp. 41-49, Experimental brain research, New York, N.Y., C1-1


Changes in corticomotor excitability and inhibition after exercise are influenced by hand dominance and motor demand

Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Julian P. Rodrigues, Frank Mastaglia, Gary Thickbroom

(2012), Vol. 210, pp. 110-117, Neuroscience, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, C1-1


The effects of circadian rhythmicity of salivary cortisol and testosterone on maximal isometric force, maximal dynamic force, and power output

Dr Wei-Peng Teo, Michael McGuigan, Michael Newton

(2011), Vol. 25, pp. 1538-1545, Journal of strength and conditioning research, Philladelphia, Pa., C1-1