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John Hardy, PhD, right, accepted the 2015 Robert A. Pritzker Prize from MJFF VP Brian Fiske, PhD, and Michael J. Fox on April 15.

John Hardy awarded 2015 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for Leadership in Parkinson's Research

One of the UK Parkinson's Disease Consortium Principal Investigators, Prof John Hardy, has been awarded the 2015 Robert A. Pritzker Prize for his leadership in Parkinson's genetics research. The award was presented by Michael J. Fox at a ceremony in New York on April 15. From the Michael J. Fox Foundation website: More...

Webcast - Prof Nicholas Wood - Advances in Genetic Understanding of Parkinson's Disease.

Video: Advances in Genetic Understanding of Parkinson's Disease

Webcast of the presentation entitled ‘Advances in Genetic Understanding of Parkinson's Disease’ given by Nicholas Wood (University College London, United Kingdom) presented at the Biochemical Society Hot Topic event, PINK1-Parkin Signalling in Parkinson’s Disease and Beyond, held in December 2014. More...

Pedigrees and I-FP-CIT SPECT scan images of the four families with GCH1 mutations involved in this study.

GCH1 gene and Parkinson's risk

A study published in Brain, led by researchers at UCL Institute of Neurology, has shown that genetic mutations which cause a decrease in dopamine production in the brain and lead to a form of childhood-onset Dystonia, also play a role in the development of Parkinson’s disease.

Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC)

The new Leonard Wolfson Experimental Neurology Centre (LWENC) has opened for clinical studies and trials


Audioslide presentation on Claudia Manzoni's paper examining how fibroblasts with LRRK2 mutations react to starvation conditions and the possible deficits that they have in autophagy.

LRRK2 and autophagy in fibroblasts

In this paper Claudia Manzoni studies how fibroblast cells from people with Parkinson’s disease caused by mutations in LRRK2 react to starvation. Although the changes are quite subtle, there are differences between the way that fibroblasts that contain mutant LRRK2 respond to being starved – suggesting that there may be changes in the way that these cells regulate a key process called autophagy (a term which comes from the greek meaning to eat yourself, and is one of the ways that cells get rid of waste and recycle proteins and organellles).

Pathophysiology of Human Movement Disorders, UCL

Movement disorders cover a diverse range of neurological conditions from Parkinson’s disease to tremor and dystonia. They are thought of primarily as disorders of basal ganglia function, but the consequences of such dysfunction and the contribution of other brain areas are only beginning to be understood. Our current research has three broad aims: 1) To improve and develop clinical categorisation of movement disorders by researching electrophysiological “signatures” or biomarkers of particular disorders, 2) to use electrophysiological and psychophysical techniques to explore the pathophysiology of different movement disorders and 3) to research the possible application of rTMS in the treatment of movement disorders.

The Pathophysiology of Human Movement Disorders lab at the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, UCL Institute of Neurology is based in number 33 Queen Square with access to state of the art electrophysiology facilities.

We use the following techniques:

- Transcranial magnetic stimulation to measure various parameters of cortical excitability.

- Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation, paired associative stimulation to explore brain plasticity.


- Psychophysical assessments of reaction time, attention and learning.


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