Researchers, led by BRC-supported Professor Nicholas Wood, UCL Institute of Neurology, have made a breakthrough in their understanding of Parkinson’s disease after they discovered a chromosome deletion linked to Parkinson’s disease and other genetic disorders. More...
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...
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 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...
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.
Prof Tony Schapira is the Head of the Department of Clinical Neuroscience at the UCL Institute of Neurology and Chairman of Clinical Neurosciences Specialties.
The primary area of research in the department is the investigation of the aetiology and pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disorders. Specifically the department has an interest in the genetics and biochemistry of Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease and Friedreich's ataxia. The department has established an international reputation in this area and in the area of diseases of the mitochondrial respiratory chain and inborn errors of mitochondrial function. There are also extensive research programmes on the genetics and pathogenesis of dystonia, motor neurone disease and peripheral nerve disorders. A joint appointment with the Hammersmith Hospital has provided an additional research interest in neuropsychology. Facilities for research are extensive. There are general laboratories for biochemistry, molecular biology, tissue preparation etc, in addition to specialist laboratory space for tissue culture (4 hoods), molecular biology, radioactive work, fluorimetry, spectrophotometry, lipid chemistry and histochemistry. There are advanced facilities for image analysis including an electron microscope.
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