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Sites of early dysfunction in Parkinson's identified

Sites of early dysfunction in Parkinson's identified

Posted 02/10/2020

A new collaborative study from the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre led by Professor Stephanie Cragg and Dr Bradley Roberts has revealed that GABA transporters on astrocytes, the brain's lesser known yet critically important cells, support dopamine release and are sites of early dysfunction in parkinsonism.  Read the full story on the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics's website ...

Tiny brain “tweezers” could hold the key to treat Parkinson’s

Tiny brain “tweezers” could hold the key to treat Parkinson’s

Posted 29/09/2020

  A collaborative study led by the OPDC's Dr Nora Bengoa-Vergniory has shown that compounds known as molecular tweezers could become a promising disease modifying therapy for Parkinson’s.   A team of researchers has shown that tiny compounds known as molecular “tweezers” could become a promising therapy to slow Parkinson’s. This new kind of drug works by pulling apart toxic clumps of protein that form in the brain during ...

OPDC's Dayne Beccano-Kelly appointed World Parkinson Coalition Science Ambassador

OPDC's Dayne Beccano-Kelly appointed World Parkinson Coalition Science Ambassador

Posted 22/09/2020

  OPDC Career Development Fellow Dr Dayne Beccano-Kelly has been selected by The World Parkinson Coalition (WPC) to be one of eight Science Ambassadors in the two years leading up to the 6th World Parkinson Congress in June 2022. The WPC Ambassadors will be promoting a premiere Parkinson’s learning experience for scientists, working to bring the Parkinson's community together to advance both the clinical and research goals of discovering new ...

Genetic study points to cells responsible for Parkinson’s

Genetic study points to cells responsible for Parkinson’s

Posted 26/08/2020

  New results from a collaborative Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre and Cardiff University study on the cellular origins of Parkinson's could be key to developing new treatments.   Scientists have uncovered new insights into the origins of Parkinson’s. The team, from the UK Dementia Research Institute at Cardiff University and the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre, studied the genes of more than 6,000 cells from a region deep in the ...

OPDC's Natalie Connor-Robson widens access to STEM skills with In2scienceUK

OPDC's Natalie Connor-Robson widens access to STEM skills with In2scienceUK

Posted 17/08/2020

  OPDC's Career Development Fellow Natalie Connor-Robson was the first generation in her family to go to university and is now delighted to be sharing STEM career advice with students taking part in the In2scienceUK programme. Read the full story on the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics's website here: www.dpag.ox.ac.uk/news/natalie-connor-robson-widens-access-to-STEM-in2scienceuk

Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre pays tribute to one of its loyal fundraisers

Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre pays tribute to one of its loyal fundraisers

Posted 30/07/2020

Researchers from the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) have been paying tribute to Bobbie Coelho, one of the OPDC’s long term fundraisers who has decided to take a step back from active fundraising activities. A video message was created from OPDC researchers thanking her for all the amazing work she has done towards funding Parkinson’s research over the years. Together with a bouquet of flowers, they also gave her an engraved glass OPDC ...

OPDC Researcher shares his experience of being a black professional in academia & the wider story of race in research

OPDC Researcher shares his experience of being a black professional in academia & the wider story of race in research

Posted 28/07/2020

    Dayne Beccano-Kelly, an electrophysiologist and Career Development Fellow in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, and part of the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) has spoken to Parkinson’s Life about his experience as a black professional working in Parkinson’s research.     The interview coincides with #BlackinNeuroWeek 27-31 July 2020, celebrating Black excellence in neuro-related fields on social media ...

OPDC Researchers hit target for Parkinson's UK with 2.6 Challenge

OPDC Researchers hit target for Parkinson's UK with 2.6 Challenge

Posted 30/04/2020

On Sunday 26 April, members of the Wade-Martins Group from the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre threw themselves into a variety of imaginative challenges for the national 2.6 challenge campaign.  The challenge required participants to dream up an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 that suits their skills and complete it on Sunday 26 April – when the 40th London Marathon would have taken place.  To read more and to view the ...

Milena Cioroch is awarded Apprentice of the Month for March 2020

Milena Cioroch is awarded Apprentice of the Month for March 2020

Posted 27/04/2020

    Milena Cioroch, Research Assistant in the Wade-Martins Lab at the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre,  has been awarded Apprentice of the Month for March 2020 by her training provider Abingdon and Witney College. Milena is undertaking a Management training course as part of the University of Oxford Apprenticeships scheme. Read more about her work and how she has developed her career through the ...

A new blood-based test to help predict Parkinson’s disease

A new blood-based test to help predict Parkinson’s disease

Posted 14/04/2020

Research carried out by George Tofaris and his team has led to the development of a new way to test for Parkinson’s disease before the main symptoms occur. Read more here https://www.ndcn.ox.ac.uk/news/a-new-blood-based-test-to-help-predict-parkinson2019s-disease