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‘Parkinson’s Research in Ireland’, November 2020

In November 2020, the RCSI, Royal College of Surgeons hosted an online event ‘Parkinson’s Research in Ireland’.
Below are some of the talks given during the event.

Gary Boyle,
Parkinson’s Association of Ireland

Prof. Jochen Prehn,
PD-MitoQUANT Coordinator

Dr. Eilís Dowd,
NUI Galway

Dr. Suzanne Timmons,
University College Cork

Parkinson’s disease – alpha-synuclein an important player (France Parkinson)

“In an engaging manner, this video produced by Parkinson’s France highlights the delicate balance between ‘useful’ alpha-synuclein and its harmful aggregates which involves the destruction and re-cycling of alpha-synuclein in normal conditions and the destruction of neurons and the development of Parkinson’s when the balance is upset.  We clearly need to know and understand what affects these processes in order to develop possible new drug targets.

Alpha-synuclein aggregates (Lewy bodies) are bad in an unknown way and lead to the death of neurons and the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. If we understand the dynamics of alpha-synuclein we might better understand Parkinson’s.”

Richard Campbell, PD-MitoQUANT PPI Representatative

Meet Dr Niamh Connolly, member of the PD-MitoQUANT team at RCSI

“Here, Dr Niamh Connolly of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland clearly states that the juxtaposition of computational work and experimental work in the lab, thus broadening the range of tools utilised, is the most efficient and hopefully the most successful research methodology. It makes sense, therefore, that a variety of research tools should be employed in an attempt to discover the aetiology of Parkinson’s and hopefully to slow it down in its tracks or, better still, halt its progression.

By bringing together the finely honed research skills and experience of a range of different disciplines, and by focusing on early as well as late-stage physiological and anatomical changes in brain biochemistry, PD-MitoQUANT researchers have a vastly improved chance of improving the lives of the more than one million Europeans living with PD, not to mention the many millions more at a global level.”

Paula Scurfield, PD-MitoQUANT PPI representative

Lundbeck – Parkinson’s awareness

Parkinson’s Awareness, a video produced by Lundbeck is mostly about early-onset Parkinson’s but the conclusions apply to idiopathic Parkinson’s which tends to develop in older people. The biology of Parkinson’s and its basic causes are not really understood and one is left wondering whether it is one disease since there are so many different symptoms and each patient has their own particular experience. The message is that you have to deal with the disease as it is in your case, you have to have a positive attitude and live for the day, trying not to worry too much about the future.”

Richard Campbell, PD-MitoQUANT PPI representative