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.
Claudia Manzoni in the lab has just had a review article published in Biochemical Society Transactions, a follow up from the LRRK2 to meeting that myself, Elisa Greggio and Kirsten Harvey organised last year. An excellent summary of some of the latest thinking on what LRRK2 is doing in the cell.
Read all about it on the link below, freely available.
All this week I am attending the Keystone symposium on Autophagy, should be a fascinating meeting on the latest research in this interesting area of biology – and one that the group is particularly interested in with regard to Parkinson’s disease.
James Tomkins, BBSRC PhD student in the group, presented a poster last week at the Keystone meeting on Omics Strategies to Study the Proteome held at the Breckenridge resort in Colorado, which by all accounts was a fascinating meeting. More from the Keystone symposia series imminently..
I spent yesterday afternoon at Highdown School in Caversham, talking to a group of year 12 and year 13 pupils about a career in biomedicine and some of the latest research into Parkinson’s disease. Very enjoyable chatting to the students, who (as is often the case) came out with some very interesting, and probing, questions.
Click on the link below to hear me discussing the use of mouse models to understand neurodegenerative diseases with Adam Rutherford on the Radio 4 show Inside Science.
I gave a short talk at the Association for Science Education annual meeting about how genetics and genomics are reshaping our relationship with our DNA and life. The talk can be viewed on YouTube on the link below: