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Prof John Hardy

Prof John Hardy is the first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology) has been awarded the $3 million Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his pioneering research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. More...

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


Video: Brain Disease Research - Keeping You You

11 April 2013

Link to film: Brain Disease Research - Keeping You You

Have you ever wondered how scientists research the brain? Have you wondered who digs through that beautiful mass of grey matter between our ears to understand how it works and why it stops working? Meet the Neurodegenerative Diseases Initiative. Funded by the Wellcome Trust and MRC, this team of scientists from around the globe investigates Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Motor Neuron Diseases. The team is on the hunt for understanding and treatments for brain diseases.

As we age, brain diseases become more and more common. More than 1 in 6 over 80 year olds have some form of dementia, such as Alzheimer’s disease, and around 4% have Parkinson’s Disease. Dementia alone costs the EU approximately £108 billion a year. Because we’re now living longer than ever, the number of people with brain diseases looks set to increase, so there is a greater need than ever to understand how they affect the brain.

The Neurodegenerative Diseases Initiative has created a short film taking you on a whirlwind tour of brain research. From those affected by brain disease, to those spared like Granny Marsh, 90 years old and spritely. Learn about the questions the Initiative is asking about the brain, and see how they look at individual brain cells, proteins and genes.

There’s a big challenge ahead but the team is working hard to decode the enigmas of brain disease now. Be inspired by their film and share it with loved ones.

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