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OPDC open day talks now online

OPDC open day talks now online

Posted 10/10/2017

  Researchers and clinicians from the OPDC hosted members of our cohort and supporters based throughout the Thames valley at an open day of talks and discussion. The event was held in Septmeber 2017 at the Jury's Inn in Oxford with over 200 in attendance. A variety of research topics were discussed including studies of impulse control disorder, sleep issues and  the development of wearable technology to better understand Parkinson's ...

OPDC joins Parkinson's UK 2017 Oxford Walk

OPDC joins Parkinson's UK 2017 Oxford Walk

Posted 29/09/2017

This September, family members of the 2 and 4 legged kind joined the OPDC team for Parkinson’s UK Oxford Walk for Parkinson’s taking on routes between 1.5 and 8 miles around the city raising funds and awareness for the condition. Over 200 Parkinson’s supporters joined the walk and OPDC researchers and clinicans were on hand to talk to walkers about research being carried out to improve our understanding of the condition.  It was a fantastic day ...

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 ...

OPDC researcher Simon Lovestone knighted in Queen’s Birthday honours

OPDC researcher Simon Lovestone knighted in Queen’s Birthday honours

Posted 22/06/2017

Dr Lovestone is a practising Old Age Psychiatrist who has been recognised for his services to neuroscience research. His research focuses on the regulation of tau phosphorylation, the search for genetic and other biomarkers of Alzheimer’s disease and, building on these, on drug discovery and experimental medicine. Underpinning all these studies is the use of informatics - clinical informatics, bioinformatics and the challenges of extracting ...

OPDC researchers honoured at teaching award ceremony

OPDC researchers honoured at teaching award ceremony

Posted 05/06/2017

Researchers at OPDC were selected as finalists at the 2017 Oxford University Students’ Union Teaching awards.  There were 895 nominations for this year’s awards. Every single nomination highlighted an example of exceptional effort and talent, and every nominee deserves to be recognised for their achievements. Dr Siddharth Arora, who works on OPDC’s smartphone project, was the winner of the Most Acclaimed Lecturer Award for the division of ...

OPDC scientist Dr Ludovica Griffanti talks about her research in the pub at sell-out event

OPDC scientist Dr Ludovica Griffanti talks about her research in the pub at sell-out event

Posted 24/05/2017

This May, Dr Ludovica Griffanti was among scientists who spoke at the sell-out Beautiful Minds session at the St Aldates Tavern, Oxford. The event was part of the Pint of Science series which brings some of the most brilliant scientists to local pubs to discuss their latest research and findings. Dr Griffanti is a researcher with OPDC at the Oxford Centre for Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging of the Brain (FMRIB). Her talk dealt with her ...

Mission Therapeutics and OPDC PI Richard Wade-Martins awarded research grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation

Mission Therapeutics and OPDC PI Richard Wade-Martins awarded research grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation

Posted 11/04/2017

Mission Therapeutics, a drug discovery and development company focused on selectively targeting deubiquitylating enzymes (DUBs) to treat neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and other diseases with high unmet medical need, announced that it has been awarded a grant from the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). This research grant, announced on World Parkinson’s day, will support the testing of Mission Therapeutics’ potent ...

OPDC Investigator heads up new consortium to investigate aggregated proteins in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

OPDC Investigator heads up new consortium to investigate aggregated proteins in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

Posted 10/04/2017

The Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) launched IMPRiND in March 2017, an innovative research project that is devoted to investigating whether mechanisms of propagation of aggregated proteins between cells could enable novel therapeutic approaches in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s are age-related neurodegenerative disorders without cure. They are characterised by the progressive loss of brain cells often along ...