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.

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.

 

Spring 2018 Conference – Downloads

Slidesets: Prof Ken Bowler: From Edinburgh to Dundee: Research Interest Groups - a success story Marc van Grieken: Perspective of a Person with Parkinson's Prof Dario Alessi: LRRK2 in Parkinson's Dr Esther Sammler: Bench to bedside … [Continue reading]

DRIG information

written by Marc van Grieken   The RSN - a UK wide Research Support Network The Research Support Network within Parkinson's UK brings together people driven to help find a cure and better treatments for Parkinson’s. People join the Research … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

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 … [Continue reading]

Interaction Sessions

This session is intended to start the communication between the Parkinson's professionals and patients. Patients should get to know what they can expect and professionals should get to know the needs of the patients first hand. Available … [Continue reading]

Prof Dario Alessi

Dario received his BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Birmingham in 1988 and obtained a Ph.D. in 1991 for his work on the synthesis and use of spin-labelled ATP analogues to study muscle contraction under the joint supervision of Ian Trayer … [Continue reading]

Dr Miratul Muqit

Miratul graduated in Medicine with Honours from the University of Edinburgh in 1997. He was awarded a prestigious Kennedy Scholarship to study Neurobiology at Harvard University undertaking Huntington’s disease research in Mel Feany’s laboratory in … [Continue reading]

Dr Esther Sammler

I am a clinician scientist with an interest in neurodegenerative conditions and how to accelerate the application of scientific basic research discoveries towards identifying biomarkers and hopefully treatments. After graduating from medical school … [Continue reading]