LRRK2 and Mycobacteria

A fascinating project, just started and funded by the Michael J. Fox Foundation. The project is led by Max Gutierrez at the National Institute for Medical Research (with me as a collaborator). Should be some very interesting experiments ahead.

https://www.michaeljfox.org/foundation/grant-detail.php?grant_id=1310

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Esher College talk

imageOn Friday I went down to Esher College (a sixth form college in South West London) to give a talk on Parkinson’s disease and a career in biomedical research. This is the fourth year that I have talked at Esher College, and I am always impressed by the questions from the pupils. As part of my visit I handed out certificates for the biology olympiad, pictured above.

Visit to Ashford Parkinson’s UK branch

I had a very enjoyable afternoon visiting Ashford to talk to the Parkinson’s UK branch there about the progress on my Parkinson’s UK funded research into LRRK2. The Ashford branch has been very active in raising money for this project, and it was a really pleasure to be able to tell them about some of the exciting data the lab is generating. As always, lots of interesting and thought provoking questions from members with Parkinson’s or caring for loved ones with the disorder.

From left to right: Christine Endersby, Robin Collick, Patrick Lewis and Michael Strank

parkinsons No 2 presentation 2014