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OPDC researchers in new drug trial for Parkinson's

OPDC researchers in new drug trial for Parkinson's

Posted 12/01/2017

Our researchers have been granted 600K euros from EU’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme to join in a multi-centre initiative studying a new drug for Parkinson’s.  The three-year project for Laura Parkkinen’s group is part of the first clinical study of CDNF (Cerebral Dopamine Neurotrophic Factor) in Parkinson's. CDNF, patented worldwide by Herantis Pharma, a Finnish pharmaceutical company, will be administered directly into the brains of 18 ...

OPDC researchers on BBC news

OPDC researchers on BBC news

Posted 15/12/2016

OPDC Clinical Research Fellow Dr Tom Barber recently spoke with BBC Oxford's David Prever about his research into REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) and the need to more people to join our study. REM sleep disorder is a condition where people act out nightmares in their sleep. Dr Barber discusses the need for more people with the sleep disorder to join our study and also how we are in need of healthy male volunteers over 50 to join as a control ...

Award for Paul Mayhew Archer's documentary 'the funny side of Parkinson's' featuring OPDC research

Award for Paul Mayhew Archer's documentary 'the funny side of Parkinson's' featuring OPDC research

Posted 09/11/2016

Paul Mayhew-Archer has been named best presenter at the Grierson Awards, which celebrate Britain’s best documentaries. 

Parkinson's: The Funny Side was a rare venture in front of the camera for the man who has written on Miranda, My Hero and Mrs Brown's Boys, as well as The Vicar of Dibley with Richard Curtis. The programme features Dr Fahd Baig, OPDC Clinical Research Fellow, talking to Paul about the phone app that is used in our large Discovery Cohort Study, and Professor Richard Wade-Martins, OPDC Principal Investigator, giving a summary of our research at the OPDC.

Nature Special Issue on Parkinson's showcases OPDC research

Nature Special Issue on Parkinson's showcases OPDC research

Posted 03/11/2016

It is 200 years since Parkinson’s was first described. This special issue from scientific journal Nature charts the progress of research in an engaging timeline and shows how our understanding of Parkinson’s motor and non-motor symptoms has evolved. It also reveals the exciting new applications of smartphones in monitoring the disease including the pioneering research being carried out by OPDC researchers including Max Little. OPDC participants ...

OPDC PIs among project leads for Oxford Momentum Award

OPDC PIs among project leads for Oxford Momentum Award

Posted 27/10/2016

Six universities including Oxford have been awarded a total of £4.3m by the Medical Research Council (MRC) to grow and develop the UK’s research base in dementia science.

The Momentum awards, designed to support the UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI), will help open new research avenues which could transform the potential of dementia research in the UK. The awards represent the first steps in establishing the capabilities for the DRI, which is being funded through a combined investment of £250m from the MRC and founding charity partners, the Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK. The DRI is expected to be up and running by 2019. Project leads for this multi-disciplinary programme include OPDC's Sally Cowley and Caleb Webber.

Team OPDC at Oxford Parkinson's Walk 2016

Team OPDC at Oxford Parkinson's Walk 2016

Posted 24/10/2016

Despite a very soggy start to the day there was a brilliant turnout for the 2016 Oxford Parkinson's Walk on October 16th. The event, organised by the Oxford branch of Parkinson's UK, raises funds to support research here at OPDC.  This year the funds are to be directed to Steph Cragg's GABA project looking at alternatives to dopamine. Steph Cragg started the walkers this year and after a great countdown the crowd took to the road as thankfully ...

Going Viral

Going Viral

Posted 28/09/2016

Viruses have been a threat to humanity for as long as we have existed. As we make progress in the fight against them, can we also learn to use their tricks to our own advantage. This new podcast in the Oxford Biomedical Research series features Professor Magill and colleagues from the  MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford. Listen to MRC BMDU scientists talk about the use of viruses in brain research here

OPDC collaboration finds Parkinson's protein test which could lead to earlier diagnosis

OPDC collaboration finds Parkinson's protein test which could lead to earlier diagnosis

Posted 31/08/2016

Scientists from the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) together with Edinburgh Prion Unit have developed a new diagnostic test for Parkinson’s that measures the “stickiness” of alpha-synuclein; one of the key proteins in Parkinson's, in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). This same protein forms sticky clumps known as Lewy bodies within the brain cells of people with Parkinson's and dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB). There is currently no ...

Andover OPDC supporters raise more funds

Andover OPDC supporters raise more funds

Posted 12/08/2016

OPDC supporters Bobbie Coelho, Mary Doherty and Dawn Huntley were amongst a team in Andover who work tirelessly raising funds for our research. The team organise a range of fundraising activities including collecting donated items which they sell at car boot sales.  Bobbie is also donating profits from the sale of her poetry books, Reflecting the Light  and Finding the Light, to fund Parkinson's research. Watch Bobbie performing her poem "In ...

Thames Valley Regional Meeting Update: June 2016

Thames Valley Regional Meeting Update: June 2016

Posted 05/08/2016

The latest newsletter from the Thames Valley Excellence Network (TVEN), led by OPDC's Dr Michele Hu, is now available online here. It reports on the network meeting, discusses mental health issues in Parkinson's, updates on the First Steps programme for those just diagnosed with Parkinson's and highlights  research opportunities with OPDC. It also features Ewan Stutt from the younger onset Parkinson's group and founder of the Parkinsons.me ...