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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.
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Selected Publications

News

Parkinson's 200 plus conference by and for people with Parkinson's to take place in Oxford

Parkinson's 200 plus conference by and for people with Parkinson's to take place in Oxford

Posted 20/07/2017

Parkinson’s UK Oxford Branch have announced a major conference for people with Parkinson’s (PwP) to take place in Oxford on Monday 18 September. Leading experts will discuss the latest developments in the four pillars of Parkinson’s treatment – medicines, exercise, life style and mental health ­– which together offer an improved quality of life for PwP.     “The 200th anniversary of James Parkinson’s essay which first described what he ...


Hamiltons Going North for Parkinson's Research

Hamiltons Going North for Parkinson's Research

Posted 15/08/2017

On 17th August 2017, OPDC supporters Nigel & Debbie Hamilton will set out on a 15 day bike ride that will take then from Oxford to Durham covering 350 miles.  They are aiming to raise some awareness and some funds for the Oxford Branch of Parkinson’s UK. The Branch is very much involved both with helping people who have the condition and with the important research being carried out at OPDC. "Since being diagnosed with idiopathic Parkinson’s ...


OPDC Poster Winner

OPDC Poster Winner

Posted 03/08/2017

OPDC Clinical Research Fellow Ludovica Griffanti was awarded a prize for the best poster at the 2017 Oxford Dementia Research day jointly organised by NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre and ARUK Oxford Local Network. The anual event featured talks celebrating the exciting research in the region including updates on some of the exciting big dementia research initiatives such as the ARUK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute, Dementia ...

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Seminars/Events

Mattia Volta - 12 Sept 2017

Mattia Volta - 12 Sept 2017

Posted 17/07/2017

Eurac, Institute for Biomedicine Dr. Volta received his B.Sc.in Medicinal Chemistry and subsequently a Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology and Oncology at the University of Ferrara in Italy. As an undergraduate student, Dr. Volta was involved in the study of the pathophysiology of Parkinson’s, especially through behavioral and neurochemical investigations. During these early years, he focused on the investigation of the opioid receptors system in ...

Brit Mollenhauer 15 Nov 2017

Brit Mollenhauer 15 Nov 2017

Posted 17/07/2017

Brit Mollenhauer is an Assistant Professor and movement disorder specialist with specialty training in neurochemistry. She is an expert in biomarkers for Parkinson's, including assay development and validation with focus on α-synuclein and other proteins. She is a member of executive steering committee of the Parkinson Progression Marker Initiative (PPMI) study (MJFF) and co-chair of the bioanalytics core of PPMI. Dr. Mollenhauer established a ...

 
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