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Parkinson’s Centre Open Day

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

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Parkinson’s disease affects hundreds of thousands of Australians each year, and is a global phenomenon that currently has no known cure.

ECU’s Parkinson’s Centre (ParkC) is leading the way in Parkinson’s research, and is opening its doors on Saturday, 13 November, to discuss What’s New in Parkinson’s Research.

The event will include presentations from Director of the Parkinson’s Centre, Dr Meghan Thomas and Dr Roger Barker, a Neurologist from Cambridge University, United Kingdom.

Dr Thomas will discuss the research program currently in place at ParkC, which builds on work originating from Dr Barker’s clinic at Cambridge. The research aims to determine different subtypes of Parkinson’s, and whether or not these subtypes have different natural progressions and underlying pathologies.

Dr Barker will also discuss his research, which includes new cell therapy trials and hot topics within Parkinson’s research such as genome wide screening and prion hypothesis of Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr Thomas believes the event is a fantastic opportunity for those who are affected by the condition, either directly or indirectly, to learn from experts in the field.

“Dr Barker is a great advocate for Parkinson’s research, and his support has helped develop the groundbreaking research programs currently in place at ParkC.”

“We hope the event will allow the community to meet with some of the best in the field and get a greater understanding of Parkinson’s research in WA," said Dr Thomas.

Attendees will be encouraged to stay for a BBQ lunch from 11.30am to 1.00pm for a gold coin donation, where they will be able to meet with experts and staff from ParkC.

Parkinson’s Centre (ParkC)  3rd Annual Open Day

Date: Saturday, 13 November 2010
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am (followed by a BBQ from 11.30 to 1.00pm)
Venue: Building 32, ECU Joondalup Campus
RSVP: Places are limited; please register your attendance via the Corporate Events website.

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