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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

Windsor Half Marathon for Parkinson's UK

Windsor Half Marathon for Parkinson's UK

Posted 30/11/2017

In January 2018, Parkinson's researcher Becky Wallings is taking part in the Windsor Half Marathon to raise funds for Parkinson's UK. Becky is a PhD student in Richard Wade-Martins' lab and she is working on the role of LRRK2 in Parkinson's. If you would like to support Becky, please visit her fundarising page here.  


OPDC Supporter launches Children's Book

OPDC Supporter launches Children's Book

Posted 17/11/2017

Roberta (Bobbie) Coelho is a member of the Andover Branch of Parkinson's UK and has already co-raised over £17,000 since 2003 for Parkinson's research. Bobbie who has already published a number of poetry books, has decided to try her hand at children's writing and has produced a 13-page children's book which tells the tale of Little Roger the dinosaur, who is fed up of lighting barbeques and sets off on an adventure. Copies of Little Roger's ...


OPDC Researchers welcome Parkinson's UK members

OPDC Researchers welcome Parkinson's UK members

Posted 10/11/2017

Researchers from Richard Wade-Martins lab recently hosted members of the Southampton branch of Parkinson's UK for a visit to talk about research being carried out in Oxford. After a welcome from Richard, OPDC Career Development Fellow Dr Dayne Beccano-Kelly spoke about how he is using elctrophysiology of dopamine neurons grown from cells donated by members of the OPDC study. He is hoping to better understand how communication between these cells ...

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Seminars/Events

Donato A. Di Monte 12 Dec 2017

Donato A. Di Monte 12 Dec 2017

Posted 09/10/2017

12 December 2017, 4pm. Sherrington Library, Sherrington Building, DPAG The primary goal of Professor Di Monte’s research team is to identify mechanisms of neuronal degeneration that could be targeted for the prevention and treatment of human neurodegenerative diseases. Although their research is mainly focused on Parkinson’s disease, they aim to study mechanisms (e.g. protein aggregation and inflammation) and risk factors (e.g. aging) that are ...

Gary Miller 16 Jan 2018

Gary Miller 16 Jan 2018

Posted 17/07/2017

Parkinson's disease: environmental clues and transporter blues Dr. Miller completed his doctoral training in Pharmacology and Toxicology and postdoctoral training in Molecular Neuroscience.  His research has focused on environmental factors involved in the development of neurodegenerative conditions, such as Parkinson's.  His laboratory works at the interface of neuroscience and toxicology, using a wide variety of experimental techniques.  Dr. ...

 
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