Today was the annual University of Reading School of Pharmacy PhD showcase, where the PhD students in the school get to talk about all the exciting science they have been doing. James from the lab was talking about his work developing an interactome map for the ROCO proteins, hopefully coming to a journal near you soon.
Claudia Manzoni, Daniah Trabzuni and Megha Murthy from the group are all in Vienna this week at the AD/PD meeting. Daniah and Claudia are giving talks (Claudia at the International Parkinson’s Disease Consortium meeting), and Megha is giving a poster presentation about her research into the PD risk locus on chromosome 7 – which has just been accepted for publication (more details on this soon). I’m looking after the lab, waiting for the arrival of a new laboratory member with a due date of the 16th of April.
I spent today attending the World Neuroscience Innovation Forum at the Francis Crick Institute, a really fascinating series of panel talks and one to one discussions on the advances and challenges in the field of neurodegeneration. Some really, really thought provoking conversations. And the Crick has some very good cakes to boot.
I spent Monday attending the Oxford Parkinson’s disease centre research day, a full day of lectures and posters about the research being carried out on PD up in Oxford. Some fascinating talks, the most memorable being one from Masud Husain talking about his research on cognitive changes in people living with Parkinson’s.
Many thanks to the Reading University Psychology society for inviting me to speak at their Brain Awareness week symposium on Parkinson’s disease. I talked about some of the milestones in 200 years of Parkinson’s research, since James Parkinson wrote his essay on the Shaking Palsy (the Youtube video of this is above). Coincidently, the Journal of Parkinson’s disease has an open access issue out now that covers a number of these milestones (click on the link below for access).
I was interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire yesterday (during their drive time slot) about Parkinson’s disease as part of British Science Week. You can listen here – the segment is about 39 minutes in (just after KT Tunstall).
Dr Claudia Manzoni from the group spoke today at the 117th meeting of the British Neuropathological Society (http://www.bns.org.uk/next-meeting/), talking about her bioinformatic research into the protein interactomes of genes involved in Frontal Temporal Dementia and Parkinson’s disease.