Not Just A Load Of Old Tablets
The experience of having a diagnosis of Parkinson’s in the family, finding out about research opportunities and taking part in a study.
In recent years it has become clear that genetics plays a key role in the development of Parkinson’s. By understanding genetic pathways, the hope is that a novel drug to prevent or slow down Parkinson’s development can be produced. One of the most common genes implicated in Parkinson’s is glucocerebrosidase (GBA). About 10% of people with Parkinson’s in the UK carry a mutation in this gene.
Dr. Stephen Mullin holds a clinical lectureship in Neurology at The Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at Plymouth University. In this presentation he described how the GBA gene causes Parkinson’s, outlined some exciting recent advances in drug development, and fielded questions from the audience.
Meet The Researcher Online:
Using psychological strategies to overcome freezing of gait in Parkinson’s
Dr. Will Young kindly agreed to an online replacement of a “Meet The Researcher” event lost to the Covid-19 Lockdown in March.
He gave this presentation about his work and took questions from our Panel.
His concluding message was “I always look for advice and comments from local Parkinson’s branches and groups to help guide ongoing and future research. If you experience regular freezing of gait and you or your friends and family are interested in joining a dedicated group to advise on this research, please contact me directly via my University Profile.
Claire Bale of Parkinson’s UK kindly agreed to this online replacement of the meeting lost to the Covid-19 Lockdown in March.
She gave this presentation and fielded questions from our Panel.
Simon Stott introduces “disease modification” and sets out the directions the research community is taking to tackle Parkinson’s along with the related drug trials. His presentation is followed by a Q&A Panel.
The questions addressed genetic research and its applicability to the idiopathic diagnosis, the impact of Covid-19, and when new treatments could be available.