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OPDC's Professor Peter Magill and Dr Paul Dodson chosen as a focus of new Parkinson's UK fundraising appeal.

OPDC's Professor Peter Magill and Dr Paul Dodson chosen as a focus of new Parkinson's UK fundraising appeal.

Posted 24/04/2018

A new Parkinson's research project, led by OPDC scientists Professor Peter Magill and Dr Paul Dodson, was recently chosen by the charity Parkinson’s UK as a focus of its new fundraising appeal. As part of supporting the appeal, Peter hosted staff and lay members of Parkinson’s UK for a visit to the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit. Peter gave a tour of Unit labs and equipment, and was also interviewed about the science underpinning the new ...

Researchers develop a stem cell-based model of mitochondrial disease

Researchers develop a stem cell-based model of mitochondrial disease

Posted 09/04/2018

Mitochondria are the energy-producing factories inside cells. Sometimes genetic mutations can cause these factories to go wrong, leading to a number of neurological diseases. The same genetic mutation affecting mitochondrial function can result in a specific deficit such as loss of vision or a more complicated disorder such as Parkinson’s-like disease.  It is not yet known why the same mutation can have such varying effects. One gene that ...

Brain Awareness Week 2018

Brain Awareness Week 2018

Posted 23/03/2018

March 12-16th 2018 marked Brain Awareness Week with neuroscientists meeting the public to talk about research. OPDC's Imaging lead Professor Clare Mackay and Masud Husain, Professor of Neurology and Cognitive Neuroscience, spoke at a talk open to all about "New developments in Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s research". In this accessible and informative public talk they explored the latest research into the debilitating neurodegenerative ...

Running for research

Running for research

Posted 19/02/2018

Huge congratulations are in order for DPhil Student Rebecca Wallings, who completed the Dorney Lake Winter Half-Marathon this weekend, in order to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. Becky is a researcher in Richard Wade-Martin’s lab where she is trying to understand what role LRRK2 plays in Parkinson's. Becky had signed up to the Windsor Half-Marathon, but the event was cancelled due to the snow. Becky finished the race in an impressive 2hrs 9 ...

A scientist’s week in Westminster

A scientist’s week in Westminster

Posted 19/12/2017

Professor Peter Magill, OPDC Theme 3 co-lead and Deputy Director of the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford, gives his account of a week of science and policy in Westminster as he began his participation in The Royal Society’s Pairing Scheme. Once a year, around 30 scientists are paired up with UK parliamentarians and civil servants by the Royal Society, to foster interactions and mutual understanding between researchers ...

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 ...

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 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 ...

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 ...