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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 world-class research centre was formed to understand the earliest events in the development of Parkinson’s and create animal models with greater relevance to the disease, ultimately with a view to identifying the changes which occur before the symptoms become apparent.

Our programme targets the molecular pathways to Parkinson’s in order to:

  1. Understand the progression of Parkinson’s
  2. Predict the onset of Parkinson’s
  3. Identify potential drug targets for Parkinson’s
  4. Develop new treatments that will prevent the development of Parkinson’s in at-risk individuals.
Watch the video below to see OPDC's Michele Hu talk about our research at Parkinson's UK's Bespoke Treatment Lectures at the Royal Institution.

 

News

Team OPDC in the Oxford Fun Run for Parkinson's UK

Team OPDC in the Oxford Fun Run for Parkinson's UK

Posted 14/05/2015

This May OPDC researchers took to the track to take part in the Oxford Fun Run, a 5 km run in Oxford University Parks. The team ran in support of Parkinson's UK with varying degrees of competitiveness. Our Team winner, PhD student Ben Hunn, finishing in under 20 minutes. We were joined by a great team from Masud Husain's lab, also running for Parkinson's UK.  Chair of the Oxford Parkinson's UK branch, Sally Bromley, also led a team round the ...

OPDC scientists map the origins and activities of nerve cells important for movement

OPDC scientists map the origins and activities of nerve cells important for movement

Posted 27/04/2015

New Publication from Paul Dodson et al., in the journal Neuron. Nerve cells in a brain region called the external globus pallidus (GPe) are essential for proper movement. To fully understand the movement difficulties of people with Parkinson’s disease, it is important to define the code of electrical impulses used by GPe cells in the healthy brain. In this new paper, OPDC scientists have discovered that the electrical activities of two types ...

Seminars/Events

Professor Malin Parmar "Translational stem cell biology: Developing Cell Therapy for Parkinson's Disease"

Professor Malin Parmar "Translational stem cell biology: Developing Cell Therapy for Parkinson's Disease"

Posted 13/02/2015

Professor Malin Parmar "Translational stem cell biology: Developing Cell Therapy for Parkinson's Disease" Tuesday Jun 16, 2015, 12:00 -1:00 PM Library, Sherrington Building, DPAG Associate Professor, Lund University     Professor Malin Parmar's group works with translational stem cell biology. The focus of her research is to understand cell fate specification in the developing brain and in human neural progenitor cells using ...

Selected Publications

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