Here I hope to provide a better understanding of the second most common neurodegenerative condition: Parkinson’s. 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 in plain English that even my non-scientific mother will understand.
HOW I AM DOING THIS:
I post regular updates on what is happening in the world of Parkinson’s research, explaining the science behind the new discoveries and 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.
WHO AM I?
My name is Simon, and I am the deputy director of Research at the Cure Parkinson’s Trust.
All views/opinions expressed here are solely my own, and may not reflect the views of my employer or associated parties.
Originally from New Zealand, I have been working in the field of Parkinson’s research for over 15 years – both in academia and biotech. I have a PhD in neurobiology, I have authored/co-authored more than 30 scientific publications, and I have experience in both lab-based research as well as clinical studies on Parkinson’s.
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.
FOLLOWING THE SOPD:
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.
For more regular updates as to what is happening at SoPD and the wider Parkinson’s research community, you can follow the site on Twitter.
I 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 making presentations about Parkinson’s research at support group meetings (and associated organisations).
These presentations will be about 30 minutes long and include a brief background on the basics of what Parkinson’s is, then an overview of the research that is currently being done, before we discuss ways in which people can get involved. And I am happy to 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 – I’m sure we can make some 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 (and 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.
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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, but under no circumstances should any of the information provided be considered medical advice.
Pursue what is meaningful, not what is expedient