Our “Meet the Researcher” events offer the opportunity for researchers to engage directly with our community, and for those affected by Parkinson’s Disease to learn at first hand of the progress being made. They usually take place on weekday afternoons. The first meeting this year is on 25th March. We intend to have a full-day weekend Conference in October.
Our popular “Meet The Researcher” returns, featuring Claire Bale, Parkinson’s UK and Dr. Will Young, University of Exeter. We are at the Maltsters Arms, Woodbury. If you would like lunch at the Pub they urge you to book ahead, please refer to your eventbrite ticket.
Claire Bale will speak to the question “Why is there no cure yet?” During over a decade with Parkinson’s UK Claire has built a team dedicated to making research accessible, engaging and relevant to everyone affected by the condition. She provides expert comment on the latest scientific breakthroughs, clinical trials and emerging treatment and prevention approaches. Claire gained a Masters in Molecular Biology at the University of Bath during which she specialised in neuroscience and spent a year working for global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly. She then went on to complete a Masters in Science Communication at Australia National University to enable her to pursue her passion for science communication.
Dr. Will Young received his PhD from the University of Birmingham where he studied how anxiety influences the way older people visually search their environment and control walking actions. At Queen’s University Belfast he developed an interest in using sensory cues to improve gait in Parkinson’s, and after running studies on auditory cueing he worked with a leading consultant in Deep Brain Stimulation at Stanford University.
Taking a Fellowship position at Brunel University London he established a laboratory and research group with the guiding principle that Parkinson’s research is co-designed by people with Parkinson’s and their family members. Now at the University of Exeter, Will is looking to develop relationships with local Parkinson’s groups to guide the work in his new laboratory.