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OPDC Research day 2015

OPDC Research day 2015

Posted 15/05/2015

This April OPDC celebrated the renewal of our funding from Parkinson's UK at our 3rd Parkinson's Research Day. The day was packed with 16 research talks and 39 poster presentations with an attendance of over 160 people. The programme included three great talks from our external Keynote Speakers. Dr Donald Grosset from the University of Glasgow heads the Parkinson's UK PRoBaND Consortium and spoke on the Tracking Parkinson’s ...

OPDC develop new method to look for Parkinson's Biomarkers

OPDC develop new method to look for Parkinson's Biomarkers

Posted 20/03/2015

The OPDC aims to understand the earliest events that lead to Parkinson’s.  Recently we have made exciting discoveries about the role of alpha-synuclein oligomers in Parkinson’s in a study of post-mortem brain tissue from people with Parkinson’s and healthy controls.    During the development of Parkinson’s the protein alpha-synuclein begins to function abnormally and clumps together to form small clusters, known as oligomers.  Alpha-synuclein ...

OPDC celebrate winning £6M from Parkinson’s UK

OPDC celebrate winning £6M from Parkinson’s UK

Posted 05/03/2015

By 2020 we hope to use the £6M from Parkinson's UK to find new drugs to slow, or even stop Parkinson’s, using a ‘brain cell bank’ we have developed to identify promising new drug targets. We also want to improve how to diagnose and monitor Parkinson’s using cutting edge technology like smartphone apps. This new funding builds on an initial £5M investment from Parkinson’s UK to our researchers OPDC in 2010. In the last five years we have ...

OPDC's Michal Rolinski wins Young Investigator Award

OPDC's Michal Rolinski wins Young Investigator Award

Posted 27/02/2015

OPDC's Dr Michal Rolinski has won a Young Investigator Award from the Parkinson Non-Motor-Study-Group and World Association of Sleep Medicine (WASM) in recognition on his work on REM Sleep Behaviour Disorders and Parkinson's. The $1,000 award recognises research efforts by new investigators in the study of sleep disorders. Dr Rolinski will give a presentation at the Young Investigator Award Symposium at the 6th World Congress on Sleep Medicine ...

Ask a Parkinson’s researcher: your questions answered

Ask a Parkinson’s researcher: your questions answered

Posted 20/11/2014

During the Parkinson's UK research meeting in Nov 2014, Parkinson's UK asked research supporters what questions they would like answered by Parkinson's researchers. These were posed to researchers at the meeting including OPDC's Michele Hu and short videos with their responses were recorded.

New interviews with OPDC research participants

New interviews with OPDC research participants

Posted 31/10/2014

The National Institute for Health Research's Clinical Research Network has a great video featuring OPDC study participants. Lucy and Angus Norman, husband and wife from Oxfordshire, talk about their experience of taking part in our Parkinson's research and why it is so important.

Team OPDC complete Oxford Parkinson's Walk

Team OPDC complete Oxford Parkinson's Walk

Posted 12/10/2014

This October, a team of around 20 researchers and supporters from OPDC took part in the Oxford Parkinson's walk organised by Parkinson's UK. The walk was started by OPDC principal investigator Richard Wade-Martins. Members of Team OPDC completed the 8 and 4 mile walks around beautiful parts of the city and helped raise funds to continue our research. Team OPDC would like to thank everyone who sponsored us for the walk!  

'Pocket' diagnosis for Parkinson’s tool developed with OPDC

'Pocket' diagnosis for Parkinson’s tool developed with OPDC

Posted 09/09/2014

Smartphone technology revealed at the British Science Festival could help diagnose and treat Parkinson's disease. Dr Michelle Hu, consultant neurologist at the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre, led a study using the new software. Subjects are continuously monitored by smartphone for one week, then followed up every 18 months. "It's a much better way of assessing overall disease - a better measure of progression and response to treatment," added Dr Hu.

Picturing Parkinson's Image Competition

Picturing Parkinson's Image Competition

Posted 15/08/2014

Parkinson's UK are challenging UK Parkinson's researchers to share their research using just an image and an engaging description. The competition is in memory of Dr Jonathan Stevens, a young man with Parkinson's whom many of us knew as a tremendous supporter of our work at the OPDC. He attended many of the seminars and Open Days and blogged about our work. He very sadly passed away at the end of 2013. His family will determine the competition winner.

OPDC research participant featured in The Oxford Times

OPDC research participant featured in The Oxford Times

Posted 18/07/2014

The article focuses on Lucy Norman, who took part in research after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s aged 38. The former NHS personal assistant is taking part in our study at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital, which is looking at a test to speed up diagnosis.