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 researchers, scientists, professionals and Parkinson’s UK representatives:

Professionals, Researchers, DRIG Officials

Occupation

Description – Statement

Speakers

Prof. Dario Alessi Professor of Signal Transduction and Director of MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) and the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy Unit (DSTT) I believe that it is not unrealistic that with continued and expanded research efforts, major strides towards better treating Parkinson’s disease can be made in the coming years. Patient’s support and involvement in research is vital for success!
Dr. Esther Sammler Postdoctoral Researcher and Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer My specialist clinical interests are movement disorders, in particular Parkinson’s disease and related Parkinsonian syndromes as well as neurogenetics. I chair the Tayside Parkinson’s forum.
Dr. Miratul Muqit Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science and Programme Leader My laboratory focuses on elucidating signal transduction pathways that are linked to neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease … This will undoubtedly drive new ideas into how to better diagnose and treat this devastating condition.

Researchers

Dr. Sophie Burel Postdoctoral researcher with Dario Alessi, Miratul Muqit, MRC-PPU Using patients derived samples to study LRRK2 and PINK1, two proteins whose function is altered in Parkinson’s disease, which will hopefullly increase our knowledge about the mechanisms involved in the development of the disease, and might help to improve diagnosis and treatment.
Elena Purlyte PhD student with Dario Alessi, MRC-PPU I am looking for interactors of the Parkinson’s disease associated kinase LRRK2 – it is important work necessary to establish how LRRK2 acts in the cell and identify new potential drug targets.
Dr. Andy Howden Postdoctoral researcher with professor Doreen Cantrell, Cell Signalling and Immunology, SLS Dundee Understanding the link between the immune system and Parkinson’s disease.
Theresita Joseph 4th year medical student from University College London, MSc Research student with Dario Alessi Working on Masters to pursue clinical and research interests in Parkinson’s.
Dr. Valentina Ferlito Brainwave Discovery Ltd., Parkure Ltd., The University of Edinburgh CrowdLabbing: Learn how to participate in laboratory research to find new treatments for Parkinson’s and to become a citizen scientist.

Parkinson’s Specialist

Catherine Young Parkinson’s Nurse, Dundee Role of a Parkinson’s Nurse

Parkinson’s UK

John Minhinick Chairman Parkinson’s UK Fife Branch, Member of DRIG Steering Committee Offerings of the Fife Branch
Billy Webster Chairman Parkinson’s UK Dundee Branch, Member of DRIG Steering Committee Offerings of the Dundee Branch
Mary Elmers Parkinson’s UK, Service Improvement Adviser Parkinson’s Excellence Network and Parkinson’s Voices
Chloe Macmillan Parkinson’s UK, Area Development Manager Information & Support services available from Parkinson’s UK
Liz Nash Parkinson’s UK, Research Support Network Manager Research Support Network and Research participation opportunities

DRIG

Marc van Grieken Chairman DRIG Goals and future offerings from DRIG
Werner Remmele Secretary DRIG Goals and future offerings from DRIG