Thanks to the international office here at the University of Reading, I was able to head over to Tubingen last week to meet with researchers at the Hertie Institute and the DZNE. Had a very pleasant day talking to Dr Shushant Jain about his amazing robot, and gave a short seminar on LRRK2 to update everyone on our current research on LRRK2.
Many thanks to the pupils and staff of Parkfields middle school for inviting me to talk this morning. The year 8 science classes hopefully learned a little bit about what a neuroscientist does, and some of the ways in which we can learn about how the brain functions.
Today I played host to Parkinson’s UK, giving a short talk to members of the charity on some of the research I am doing funded by them. This include a brief introduction to Mendelian genetics, shown above, which I think most of them took on board! Very enjoyable question and answer session afterwards, with some excellent probing questions as usual. Thank you to Kate Pactor and Fatima Talidi-Marrero for organising the visit (and to Fatima for taking this photo!).
I spent the morning at Desborough college in Maidenhead, talking to year 12 students about a career in biomedicine and a little bit about some of the work we do here in the lab. Very enjoyable, and hopefully the students got some insight into what life is like as a Parkinson’s researcher.