The Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre (OPDC) is a unique multidisciplinary research centre at the University of Oxford supported by Parkinson’s UK with funds from The Monument Trust, one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.
Established in February 2010, the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) brings together internationally-renowned scientists who work on the genetics of Parkinson’s, the generation of cell and animal models, and the wiring of brain circuits which control movement, with clinical experts in the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s.
Our programme targets the molecular pathways to Parkinson’s in order to:
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We are looking for up to 300 male volunteers, ideally aged between 50 and 75, who are healthy with no family history of Parkinson’s. Ideally they should be English speaking with no sleep or memory issues. The study is investigating whether it is possible to detect and diagnose Parkinson’s earlier. It is running for the next five years. Dr Michele Hu, cohort study lead said: “One of the earliest phases of Parkinson’s, what we call the prodromal ...
Here OPDC participant talks about why being part of such a vast project is very exciting."At a time in my life when I cannot do what I used to, taking part in health research gives me a sense of purpose and of still belonging to society and playing my part. It keeps my brain going and gives me hope that one day other people like us, their families and friends will benefit from the results. I have no doubt participating in these studies has helped my confidence"
By bringing together cutting-edge stem cell technologies and computational biology, researchers at OPDC have developed a unique way to identify existing drugs that could potentially be repurposed for treating Parkinson’s. This promising research, published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics, uses a stem cell technique to turn a small piece of skin from people with Parkinson’s into dopamine-producing brain cells – identical to those that ...Click here to sign up to the OPDC News Mailing list
OPDC Parkinson's Research Day 20th March 2017
The OPDC Research Day is a one-day event with research talks from world leading Parkinson’s researchers on topics including clinical studies, imaging, genetics, proteomics, neuronal cells and animal models.
Professor Beate Ritz joined the faculty of the School of Public Health at UCLA in 1995 and is currently Professor and Vice Chair of the Epidemiology Department and holds co-appointments in the Environmental Health department at the UCLA School of Public Health and in Neurology, UCLA School of Medicine. Her research focuses on the health effects of occupational and environmental toxins such as pesticides, ionizing radiation, and air pollution on ...