Staff profile - Wei Peng Teo

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Dr Wei-Peng Teo

Position: Lecturer in Motor Learning
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Exercise and Nutrition Sciences
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92445229 +61 3 92445229
Email: weipeng.teo@deakin.edu.au

Biography

Biography

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.


Qualifications

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


LinkedIn profile

http://au.linkedin.com/pub/wei-peng-teo-phd/34/115/715/


Academic

Teaching Interests

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


Subjects and units currently teaching

HSE204- Motor Learning


Student supervision

  1. Ashlee M. Hendy. Functional and Neurological Adaptations to Transcranial Stimulation during Strength Training, 2014. (PhD thesis)
  2. Justine E. Weston. Sweetening Old Age: Investigating Acute Neurophysiological and Cognitive Effects of Polysaccharide Consumption in Healthy Older Adults, 2014. (Honours thesis- 1st Class)


Conferences and seminars

  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

Research

Research projects

  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)


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


Research grants

  1. The Myositis Association- Australia Inc. “The Effect of Functional and Resistance Training Exercise in people with Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathies” Johnson L., Polman R., Teo WP. & Day T. 2015 (AUD$15,000)
  2. Deakin University Central Research Grant Scheme. “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)
  3. 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)
  4. CQUniversity Research Infrastructure Grants Scheme. "A mobile gambling platform to enhance funded research", Rockloff M., Donaldson P., Browne M., Langham E., Li E. & Teo WP. 2013 (AUD$39,817).


Publications

Publications

  1. Hendy AM, Teo WP, Kidgell DJ. Anodal tDCS prolongs the cross-education of strength and corticospinal plasticity. Med Sci Sports Exerc, 2015 (In press)
  2. Teo WP, Kannan A, Loh PK, Chew E, Sharma VK, Chan YC. Poor tolerance of motor cortex rTMS in chronic migraine. J Clin Diagn Res, 8:MM01-MM02, 2014
  3. Teo WP, Chew E. Is motor-imagery brain-computer interface feasible in stroke rehabilitation? Phys Med Rehabil, S1934-1482:21-5, 2014.
  4. Ang KK, Guan, C, Phua KS, Wang C, Zhao L, Teo WP, Chen CW, Ng YS, Chew E. Facilitating effects of transcranial direct current stimulation on EEG-based motor imagery BCI for upper limb stroke. Proceedings 5th Int Brain Comp Interface Meeting 2013. doi:10.3217/978-3-85125-260-6-76
  5. Tung SW, Guan C, Phua KS, Wang C, Zhao L, Teo WP, Chew E. Motor imagery BCI: An evaluation of the EEG recordings using coherence analysis. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 2013:261-4.
  6. Teo WP, Rodrigues JP, Mastaglia FL, Thickbroom GW. Modulation of corticomotor excitability after maximal or sustainable-rate repetitive finger movement is impaired in Parkinson’s disease and is reversed by levodopa. Clin Neurophysiol, 125:562-8, 2013. 
  7. Teo WP, Rodrigues JP, Mastaglia FL, Thickbroom GW. Comparing kinematic changes between finger tapping and unconstrained finger movements in Parkinson’s disease. Exp Brain Res, 227:323-331, 2013.
  8. Teo WP, Rodrigues JP, Mastaglia FL, Thickbroom GW. Breakdown in central motor control can be attenuated by motor practice and neuro-modulation of the primary motor cortex. Neuroscience, 220:11-18, 2012.
  9. Teo WP, Rodrigues JP, Mastaglia FL, Thickbroom GW. Changes in corticomotor excitability and inhibition after exercise are influenced by hand dominance and motor demand. Neuroscience, 210:110-117, 2012.
  10. Teo WP, Rodrigues JP, Mastaglia FL, Thickbroom GW. Post-exercise depression in corticomotor excitability after dynamic movement: A general property of fatiguing and non-fatiguing exercise. Exp Brain Res 216:41-49, 2012.
  11. Teo W, Newton MJ, McGuigan, MR. Circadian rhythm in exercise performance: Implications for hormonal and muscular adaptation. J Sports Sci Med 10:600-606, 2011.
  12. Teo W, McGuigan MR, Newton, MJ. The effects of circadian rhythmicity of salivary cortisol and testosterone on maximal isometric force, maximal dynamic force and power output. J Strength Cond Res 35:1538-1545, 2010.


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