Out today in Brain is a study on hereditary spastic paraplegia, led by Henry Houlden at the UCL Institute of Neurology. This is one of the most comprehensive analyses of the genetics and symptoms of the HSPs, and Claudia Manzoni in the lab and I contributed by carrying out an analysis of the cellular impact of mutations in a number of the HSP genes. Read all about it on the Brain website.
Every year for the past few years I have visited Esher College to talk to the A level biology students about Parkinson’s disease and a career in biomedicine. Taking advantage of the lovely weather yesterday, I cycled over to Esher via Hampton court palace, and had an attentive (and quite full) lecture theatre of students – who were given a whistle stop tour of what we have learned about the causes of Parkinson’s, and what treatments can be used to deal with the symptoms.
Just attended a truly inspirational talk by Athene Donald from Cambridge. Fascinating and challenging discussion of how to promote women in academia – highly recommended!