On Monday I made the trip down to Chichester on the South coast to talk to the local Parkinson’s UK branch about how genetics is helping us understand Parkinson’s disease, and providing new drug targets in the fight to develop new therapies for the disease. As always lots of very interesting questions, hopefully I was able to shed some light on how my Parkinson’s UK funded research is contributing to the drug discovery effort in PD (from chatting to the branch members afterwards it sounds as though I was at least part way intelligible).
On Thursday I was privileged to take up the role of quiz master at the Maidenhead area heats of the Berkshire science question time challenge. Year 9 pupils from Furze Plat school, Cox Green, Slough and Eton school, Charters school and Holyport College took part in a furious round robin of science questioning – many of which I can admit I did not know the answers to myself (fortunately I had them written down for me). Charters school in Sunningdale blew away the opposition and progressed to the final, to be held at the University of Reading on the 14th of March. Well done to all the budding scientists who took part!