Parkinson’s and Viruses

Meet The Researcher Online

Dr J David Beckham MD FIDSA  is Associate Professor of Medicine, Immunology and Microbiology in the Infectious Diseases Division at the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado in Denver.

His laboratory investigates how viruses interact with the host immune system in the periphery and in the brain. The aim is to identify these mechanisms and design novel drug therapies or vaccines to treat or prevent viral infections in the nervous system. Their work has led them to investigate how inflammation may trigger events related to the development of Parkinson’s disease and related neurodegenerative disorders.

In this interview Dr Beckham discusses how the structure of a virus enables some of them to go by unnoticed and others to kill us in a variety of unpleasant ways. He explains why his interest has grown in the application of their research to Parkinson’s.

From Rallying to the Challenge 2020, shown with the kind permission of Cure Parkinson’s.