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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 ...

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 ...