I spent this morning at the Bodleian library up in Oxford, leafing through the published works of James Parkinson in preparation for an upcoming exhibition on his life at the library. I felt very privileged to handle some of the rare 18th and 19th century manuscripts that the Bodleian has locked away in its vaults, and am very much looking forward to the exhibition in a few months time!
On Friday I gave back to back talks to year 12 students at Sir William Borlase’s school in Marlow, talking about Parkinson’s disease and a career in biomedical research. I’ve been involved in the masterclass day at Sir William Borlase’s school for a number of years now, but I never stop being impressed by the knowledge and insight of the pupils in these sessions.
I had the pleasant task of acting as an external examiner on Tuesday for Derek Burke, a PhD student at the Institute of Child Health/Great Ormond Street Hospital. Derek has been working on the role of Glucocerebrosidase in Parkinson’s disease for the last seven years, and provided an excellent defence of his thesis. Many congratulations to Dr Burke!
I spent the morning yesterday at the Farnborough 6th form college moving on day, a careers and university fair held by the college. I talked about some of the research in the group, and answered questions about a career in pharmacy and in research. I was very impressed with the scale of the event – the college has several thousand students!