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Pete Magill welcomes Lord O’Shaughnessy

Pete Magill welcomes Lord O’Shaughnessy

Posted 18/10/2018

The Medical Research Council Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford recently welcomed Lord James O’Shaughnessy, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, for a site visit organised as part of The Royal Society’s Pairing Scheme that OPDC theme 3 co-lead Professor Pete Magill is taking part in. The visit began with Unit Group Leaders Peter Brown, Peter Magill and Tim Denison highlighting why, how and where the Unit ...

OPDC Smartphone app tests for early signs of Parkinson's

OPDC Smartphone app tests for early signs of Parkinson's

Posted 04/10/2018

Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative disease, the hallmarks of which include tremor, stiffness, and slowness of movement. Existing tests for the assessment of Parkinson's require in-clinic examination. This can sometimes cause a delay in diagnosis. It is believed that there are changes in the brain 5 to 10 years before the symptoms of Parkinson's become evident. To try and facilitate early diagnosis of Parkinson's, we at the ...

OPDC welcomes Participants to Open Day

OPDC welcomes Participants to Open Day

Posted 21/09/2018

On September 10th,  2018 over 200 members of Discovery cohort came to the Jury’s Inn, Oxford to hear about our latest research and share their views. We would like to thank all of the cohort members who came to the event from our centres across the country, and joined in the lively discussion session. Researchers from across OPDC’s themes shared their work. These included talks on our work to develop a new test for Parkinson’s, how we are using ...

Getting to the Heart of Your Unanswered Research Questions

Getting to the Heart of Your Unanswered Research Questions

Posted 28/08/2018

In 2014, the James Lind Alliance and Parkinson’s UK set up a Patient Setting Priority group to find the top 10 research priorities that people living with Parkinson’s (PwP) and health and social care professionals would like to see answered. This was published in 2014 by Deane et al. The aim was to use this information to guide future research and make sure researchers focus on the most urgent needs of people affected by Parkinson’s. At an OPDC ...

Profiles of Women in Science: Prof. Stephanie Cragg

Profiles of Women in Science: Prof. Stephanie Cragg

Posted 20/07/2018

Professor Stephanie Cragg is the co-lead of theme 3 in OPDC and was recently invited to give the The European Journal of Neuroscience special lecture at the 2018 FENS Forum in Berlin, Germany, where she spoke on Trees and gates: Dopamine axon arbours as filters of dopamine output. Professor Cragg was also interviewed for a profile in the journal. Follow this link for the full article.   A video interview with Professor Cragg can also be ...

Major new study launched to investigate the link between sleep problems and Parkinson’s

Major new study launched to investigate the link between sleep problems and Parkinson’s

Posted 13/07/2018

Researchers in the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre are embarking on a new five-year study looking at the links between a condition known as Rapid Eye Movement Sleep Behaviour Disorder (RBD) and Parkinson’s. Funded by the NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre, the study seeks to improve the remote diagnosis and monitoring of sleep problems at home.

Multi-Year Collaboration to Advance the Development of Deubiquitinating Enzyme (DUB) Inhibitors for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Multi-Year Collaboration to Advance the Development of Deubiquitinating Enzyme (DUB) Inhibitors for the Treatment of Neurodegenerative Diseases

Posted 10/05/2018

FORMA Therapeutics, the OPDC, and the Alzheimer’s Research UK Oxford Drug Discovery Institute (ODDI) at Oxford University announced today they have entered into a collaboration and license agreement to identify, validate and develop deubiquitinating enzyme (DUB) inhibitors for the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. DUBs are a family of over a hundred proteases that play important roles in protein and cellular homeostasis, processes that ...

Congratulations from all at OPDC to Sally Bromley, chair of Parkinson's UK Oxford, on her honorary degree

Congratulations from all at OPDC to Sally Bromley, chair of Parkinson's UK Oxford, on her honorary degree

Posted 13/07/2018

Sally Bromley, chair of Parkinson's UK Oxford and much valued supporter of OPDC, has been bestowed with an honorary degree.

The Open University has officially awarded Sally Bromley the certificate, in recognition of her role supporting medical studies and helping other people with Parkinson's.

Mrs Bromley co-wrote the First Steps programme to help others through diagnosis, a workshop which helps people to come to terms with the condition.

 

Jonathan's Big Beautiful Wall Walk

Jonathan's Big Beautiful Wall Walk

Posted 09/05/2018

Jonathan Bromley, member of the Oxford branch of Parkinson's UK will be walking the length of Hadrians Wall over 5 days in June to raise money for Parkinson's UK. Jonathan's wife Sally (Chair of Oxford Parkinson's UK) was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2008. Since then she has thrown herself wholeheartedly into fundraising and Parkinson's support work, and Jonathan thought it was about time he made a contribution too. I'm not roughing it ...

Students ‘meet the scientists’ at Dunn School

Students ‘meet the scientists’ at Dunn School

Posted 02/05/2018

As part of Science Experience Week organised by Science Oxford, students from three Oxfordshire secondary schools visited research-based organisations and faculties across the region to explore what a science-based career involves. One of their ‘experiences’ was to visit the University of Oxford’s Sir William Dunn School of Pathology to meet the resident scientists and learn about stem cell research. The students, from Matthew Arnold School, ...