Autumn 2019 Event

The next Autumn Event’s topic will be decided by you – the participants. We selected five subjects, that were of particular interest to many of us:

The impact of

  • Exercise
  • the Gut or
  • Nutrition on Parkinson’s as well as
  • Parkinson’s and pain and
  • Parkinson’s and sleep.

We would like you to select the topic(s) of your choice (voting will start in April 2019) and we will create a programme that reflects your priorities.

 

Visit the MRC PPU Lab …

… and experience world class research.

In order to develop a cure for Parkinson’s disease or at least to slow down or stop its progression, it is necessary to know the mechanisms leading to Parkinson’s disease. Over the last few years, the MRC PPU Laboratory at the University of Dundee under the direction of Prof. Alessi has contributed significantly to the identification of such mechanisms. In this laboratory, the roles of various genes, the best known being LLRK2 and PINK1, were found on the outbreak of the disease. These findings are not only of a theoretical nature but also form the basis for the development of novel drugs and thus nourish the hope of the affected patients.

This work was presented by Prof. Alessi, Prof. Muqit and Dr. Sammler at a DRIG (Dundee Research Interest Group) event in May 2018. DRIG now offers all interested persons the opportunity to visit the laboratory, to experience research up close and to get to know the researchers who pursue only one goal with great enthusiasm: Parkinsons must become curable!

The lab visit will take place on

18th Jan. 2019; 14:00 – 17:00

It will start with an introduction by Prof. Alessi before the guided tour through the lab in small groups. There will be several stops – posters and information – en route where researchers present their work in their working environment. There will be enough time to interact with the researchers and ask questions. There will be a session for individual talks with the researchers after the guided tour, befor a Q&A session will conclude the programme.

We scheduled this event during working hours and therefore need to limit the number of participants to 40; thus

registration is necessary 

to participate. There will even be no admission to the building without ticket. So get your ticket today.

Spring 2018 Conference – Downloads

Slidesets:

Short Report on DRIG’s Spring Conference 2018

By Marc van Grieken, DRIG Chairman

 

On Tuesday 26th June, the recently established Dundee Research Interest Group (DRIG) held its first public event: a conference with the title ‘Unveiling some of the Mechanisms which trigger Parkinson’s’.

The event was attended by approximately 80 people either directly, by having Parkinson’s or indirectly (as family member or carer) affected by Parkinson’s and addressed by 5 speakers and 5 PhD Students and postdoctorial researchers.

Prof Ken Bowler introduced the history and successes of the Edinburgh Research Interest Group which was the first one to be set up in the UK and his talk was followed by Marc van Grieken who gave a brief personal account of his diagnosis and the years following this.

The main part of the event however comprised three in depth presentations:

Firstly by Prof Dario Alessi who explained the discovery of specific pathways and mutated genes (LRRK2) that trigger Parkinson’s and by identifying these pathways open up the opportunity to ‘block’ or inhibit the effect of these.

He was followed by Dr Esther Sammler who is both a clinical neurologist consultant but also researches at Dario Alessi’s MRC unit concentrating on inhibiting the mutated gene and who is about to commence on sampling a test the researchers have developed

The final talk was by Dr Mitatul Muqit who studies two further genes PINK1 and Parkin and is setting out a framework for clinicians to increase and translate knowledge and understanding leading to better treatments.

The talks were followed by Q&A sessions and there was also time to talk on an individual basis to the researchers and students.

First DRIG event

The first DRIG event took place on June 26th 2018.

About 80 participants were offered a programme ranging from basic research to trial application to the patient. The scientific program was rounded off by a lecture from a very personal perspective by Parkinson patients, a time-lapse journey through the history of the Research Interest Groups and by young scientists who presented their work with great commitment and discussed it with the participants.

A big thank you to everyone contributing to this event and making it a successful start for DRIG.

Some impressions of the event.