top-50-badgeWelcome to the Science of Parkinson’s disease,

Here I hope to provide a better understanding of the second most common neurodegenerative condition: Parkinson’s disease. Bridging the gap between the media headlines and the actual science.


Very simple: to explain the science and research that is currently being conducted on Parkinson’s disease in plain English that even my non-scientific mother will understand.


I post regular updates on what is happening in the world of Parkinson’s research, explaining the science behind the new discoveries, keeping you up to date with clinical trial results, and introducing you to some of the people doing the research.

I also like to present curiosities related to the condition in the hope that someone out there (researcher or layman) could make an interesting connection. It may be a simple observation, but it could also be a missing piece of information that could help lead to a better understanding about this debilitating disease.



My name is Simon, and I have been working in the field of Parkinson’s disease research for over 15 years (both in academia and biotech). I am currently a research associate in the department of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge (UK), in Prof Roger Barker’s lab. I conduct both lab- and clinic-based research on Parkinson’s disease (including the Parkinson’s UK/BIRAX breath analysis study). I am also the president of my local Parkinson’s UK support branch in North Hertfordshire.


If you have any questions, comments, constructive feedback, or are simply bored and needing a laugh – you can contact me here.


You can follow the blog here by clicking on the ‘Follow’ button on the top of the right hand column of the front page of the site.

twitter-company-statisticsFor more regular updates as to what is happening at SoPD and the wider Parkinson’s research community, you can follow the site on Twitter.

Facebook-createI also have a Facebook page, where regular updates are provided. I also use that page to highlight interesting articles from other media outlets on the topic of Parkinson’s disease research.


I am regularly attending Parkinson’s support meetings (and associated groups) to make presentations about Parkinson’s disease research.

These presentations will be about 30-40 minutes long and include a brief background on the basics of Parkinson’s disease, then an overview of the research that is currently being done, before we discuss ways in which people can get involved. And then I answer questions at the end.

For meetings within the south east of England, my fee is a cup of tea and a piece of cake (if any happens to be floating around). For visits further afield in the UK, please contact me and we can make arrangements. For international talks, I only fly business class!

I hope you learn/benefit from what is presented here on the site. All opinions are my own (but should not be considered medical advice under any circumstances – please read the disclaimer below). And all of the information is provided under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, meaning you can do whatever you like with it.

Kind regards,


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You can do whatever you like!


The content provided by the Science of Parkinson’s website is for information purposes only.

It is provided by research scientists, not medical practitioners. Any actions taken – based on what has been read on the website – are the sole responsibility of the reader. The information provided on this website should not be considered medical advice, and any actions being contemplated by readers should firstly be discussed with a qualified healthcare professional.

Our goal is to help people better understand Parkinson’s disease, but under no circumstances should any of the information provided be considered medical advice.

Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient



  1. Benyamin

    Greetings, fellow PD advocate here. Below is a link to my latest blog entry about the future of PD therapies, thought you might be interested in taking a look.


    I have recently started collaborating with a number of research labs that are working towards bringing to practice some of the therapies mentioned in that article with the goal of one day bringing an end to this disease.

    I hope that my article might inspire people to keep fighting knowing that there are so many new and exciting therapies coming soon. Feel free to share that information with anyone who you think might benefit from it.

    Looking forward to what the future has in store,
    Benjamin Stecher


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  3. Simon

    Thanks for the message Ben – love the blog and we fully recommend reader follow it. A prolific writer and dedicated advocate, Ben will keep you up to date on fascinating new developments not just in the world of Parkinson’s disease but science and technology in general. Always interesting content – a recommended read!


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  5. JC

    Thanks for reaching out to me. I was diagnosed in October of 2012. I love the blog and the information. I am definitely pleased to have so much info gathered in one place.

    Best regards, Jeff


    • Simon

      Glad you like it Jeff. Let us know if there’s anything in particular you’d like us to look into or explained. Love your musings on your website (nimbus432.wordpress.com), you have an amazing gift with the writing.
      Kind regards, Simon


  6. Simon

    Hi Margaret, thanks for your message and kind words. Yes, very kiwi and feeling particularly proud of it this week (@EmiratesTeamNZ ‏). Glad you like the site, and thanks for sharing.
    Kind regards,


  7. maser2004

    Hi Simon
    Thanks for your article about Doxycycline.

    I’ve started 50mg a day and will keep you posted.
    If so many people are already taking it for Rosacea, and using it to prevent Malaria – having been on it for years – is there really an genuine issue re. safety and drug resistance??
    Best regards


    • Simon

      Hi Steve,
      Thanks for your comment. It is very easy to assume that long term antibiotic use is largely harmless, especially subthreshold, but this is not true. Beyond all of the usual issues with long term antibiotic usage (leaving the consumer at increased risk of infection), there can be other more serious side effects that do not get discussed much, such as an increased risk of colorectal adenoma (http://gut.bmj.com/content/early/2017/03/16/gutjnl-2016-313413). Antibiotics can also disrupt the body’s ability to produce the bacteria that is necessary for the efficient breakdown and absorption of the nutrients in the gut. This can leave the body malnourished. I am currently camping this weekend without much phone coverage, but will expand on this when I get back. At the moment I will only add please discuss any change in treatment regime with your doctor before starting anything.
      Kind regards,


  8. Katie MacAulay

    Simon, a friend sent me your blog which is really useful. I tried to ‘Follow’ you but WordPress just wanted me to set up an account, can you advise another way as I would really like to read your research. I could not ‘contact you’ either, maybe I have an old computer. Many thanks Katie


    • Simon

      Hi Katie,
      Thanks for your comment – it is annoying, but the WordPress ‘follow’ button service requires readers to set up a user account in order to receive notifications about a particular WordPress website. It is silly, because most people give up when confronted with that account setup page. They do have a notification app that I could use, but they have placed that behind a £16 per month service fee.
      The best way to be notified is to use a website like ‘Follow that page’ ( https://www.followthatpage.com/ ) which will email you each time the SoPD website is updated. That service just requires your email address and in their terms and conditions they state that they do not share any of your contact information with any other parties. If you are not comfortable with that, there are options on how to set up notifications via your web browser (for example, using the Google chrome browser you can use the ‘page monitor’ plugin – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/extensions?hl=en; For Firefox browser users there’s a similar add-on called ‘Distill Web Monitor’).
      Having said all that, if you are anything like me and you just generally don’t get along with computers, the simplest option is to email me directly ( ss2060@cam.ac.uk ) and I will let you know whenever a new post is published (and there will be NO sharing of your email address with any third parties, etc).
      I hope this helps.
      Kind regards,


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