PD-MitoQUANT researchers at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland have organised an online public meeting series to educate and share information on the latest Parkinson's research ongoing in Ireland. We hope you will join us! Register via Eventbrite here. The one-hour sessions in the series will be held on three consecutive Thursdays and involve a range of stakeholders and speakers, including: November 12th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM Gary Boyle, Parkinson's Association of Ireland, https://www.parkinsons.ie/ Jochen Prehn, RCSI, PD-MitoQUANT Project Coordinator November 19th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM Eilis Dowd, NUI Galway Medicine, Parkinson's researcher Catriona McLoughlin, Dublin Neurological Institute November 26th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM Suzanne Timmons, UCC Centre for Gerontology and Rehabilitation, Parkinson's researcher To Be Confirmed, Industry representative
A team of Irish women involved in the PD-MitoQUANT project completed the Vhi Virtual Women’s Mini-Marathon to benefit the Parkinson’s Association of Ireland (https://www.parkinsons.ie/). Partners at the RCSI, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Pintail Limited coordinated their efforts on October 2, 2020. To date, €770 was raised by the PD-MitoQUANT team. Clad in bright green Parkinson’s Association of Ireland tee shirts, the team included Orla Watters, Niamh Connolly, Helena Bonner, Patsy Connolly, Elena Langa, Giorgia Conte and Elisabeth Jirstrom of the RCSI, and Kylie O'Brien and Danielle Nicholson of Pintail Limited. Runners completed their routes in four different counties: Dublin, Sligo, Meath and Offaly. Pauline Madahy of the Parkinson's Association of Ireland remarked: "We wish to thank the team for all the effort involved in raising awareness and much-needed funds for the Parkinson's Association of Ireland. We receive no Government funding so donations like this allow us to [...]
The theme of the 2-day 2020 Parkinson's-UK conference was "Accelerating research and improving care." Keynote lectures were delivered live from around the world. Several researchers from PD-MitoQUANT partner organisations were involved. At the September 24th and 25th meeting, research was presented by Prof Donato Di Monte of the German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), and from the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) Dr Niamh Connolly. University College London (UCL)'s Dr Sonia Gandhi and Prof David Dexter from Parkinson’s UK both chaired a range of sessions, including one focusing on mechanisms of neurodegeneration and another introducing new and emerging drug therapies emerging therapeutic strategies. Prof DiMonte's talk, "Modelling alpha-synuclein pathology in vivo" was delivered on the second day. A research study by Sandeep Chenna, Alvin Joselin, David Park, Jochen H. M. Prehn, and Niamh M. C. Connolly was presented as a poster entitled: "Systems modelling of mitochondrial bioenergetics enables [...]
Dr Shruti Desai is a postdoctoral researcher and Cellular Bioenergetics group member at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center within the Radboud Center for Mitochondrial Medicine (RCMM). Here, she works alongside mitochondrial experts on clinical care, diagnostics and fundamental research to conduct morphofunctional in vitro studies in living and fixed cells using super-resolution analysis of mitochondria. On September 24, 2020, , Shruti responded to questions about her work for the Neuronet project (https://www.imi-neuronet.org/) as part of their series of interviews where they shine a spotlight on early career investigators. Read the entire interview here.
The Neuronet project (https://www.imi-neuronet.org/) is currently comprised of 18 IMI projects, including PD-MitoQUANT. Today, September 11, 2020, they have launched a new platform to boost collaboration across research projects focusing on neurodegenerative diseases. Neuronet’s communication team and our community of communication representatives from the Innovative Medicines Initiative projects on neurodegeneration are pleased to celebrate the great people behind the projects through an annual Neuronet campaign on social media. A profile of Dr Orla Watters, a member of the PD-MitoQUANT research team at the RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons Ireland) will feature early in the campaign. Later, it featured Dr Shruti Desai of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center and Dana Bar-On at Teva Pharmaceutical Industries. Neuronet initiated the new campaign to highlight the value of public-private collaboration and to capitalise on the increased public attention on neurodegenerative diseases during World Alzheimer’s Month. The social media campaign will conclude on October 20th, in time [...]