A strength of ParkC is its willingness and ability to collaborate with researchers from a range of disciplines and institutions.
Professor Sergio Starkstein performed the first study on the frequency and longitudinal evolution of depression, anxiety, and apathy in Parkinson’s. He (with Helen Mayberg) was the first to demonstrate metabolic deficits in specific brain areas in depressed people with Parkinson’s. ParkC is working with Professor Starkstein on a range of projects but with a particular focus on depression and anxiety in Parkinson’s.
Osborne Park Hospital / Joondalup Specialist Centre / Moss Street Centre
Dr Barry Vieira and Dr Mark Wilson
The University of Western Australia
Collaboration with Professor Romola Bucks and Dr Andrea Loftus from the School of Psychology and Professor Sarah Dunlop from the Experimental and Regenerative Neuroscience Department within the School of Animal Biology.
Curtin University of Technology
ParkC has collaborations with Dr Natalie Gasson from the School of Psychology and Professor Charles Watson from the Faculty of Health Sciences.
The Neurofinity Surgical NeuroDiscovery Group
A collaboration with Professor Chris Lind to establish a laboratory program of translational research in which surgical delivery of modified stem cells can be optimised and the differentiation of stem cells into functioning neurons can be assessed in animal models of Parkinson's.
College de France
ParkC's Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Dr Robert White, is collaborating with Professor Alain Prochiantz to decipher the cellular, transcriptional and translational mechanisms of an important developmental gene in a cellular model of dopaminergic neurone insult, using innovative next-generation techniques and technologies.
The Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, United Kingdom
ParkC is collaborating with Dr Roger Barker in identifying the different sub-types of Parkinson’s.
University of Wisconsin, Waisman Center, USA
In collaboration with Professor Su-Chun Zhang, Maria Albertsen (ParkC PhD student) is undertaking a project investigating the regulation of an important gene in the differentiation of human stem cells into mature dopaminergic neurons.