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Research on show at ParkC Open Day

Friday, 04 November 2011


Edith Cowan University’s Parkinson’s Research Centre (ParkC) are hosting their annual Open Day on Saturday, 12 November, to showcase their research into Parkinson’s.

The event will launch ParkC’s new research project, which gives people with Parkinson’s an opportunity to contribute to their research program by donating a DNA sample.

Visitors will also get the chance to hear from local experts about how this local research fits into the global work being undertaken towards discovering a cure for Parkinson’s.

It is estimated that there are about 100,000 people in Australia living with the condition. Parkinson's is a neurodegenerative disease that typically occurs in middle to late age and is characterised by tremors, rigidity, slow movement and postural instability.

This year the Open Day will profile the work of:

  • Associate Professor Romoal Bucks, Director of the Lifespan Development Group, who will explore ParkC’s research into the different types of Parkinson’s, and address why this information is important;

  • Dr Robert White, recently returned from Kings College London, who will outline ParkC’s laboratory research program, which focuses on finding a way to stop the continued degeneration of neurons, and then encourage the regeneration of neurons to replace those that have died; and

  • Dr Meghan Thomas, Director of ParkC, who will introduce a new project, “Genetic factors impacting Parkinson’s”, that ParkC has undertaken in collaboration with Perth Pathology.

ParkC Director, Dr Meghan Thomas, said the Open Day provides a chance to share research and developments with those affected by Parkinson’s, their families and friends.

“At ParkC, we aim to provide a holistic, integrated approach to research into Parkinson’s, with a particular focus on ensuring that people who have taken part in our research are kept informed throughout the progress” said Dr Thomas.

“The Open Day is a great way to celebrate our research achievements so far, share new research developments and meet people with Parkinson’s, their families and friends, as we work to contribute towards a cure.”

The Open Day runs from 10am on Saturday, 12 November. For more information and to register your interest, visit www.ecu.edu.au/news/events/2011/11/2011-parkc-open-day or phone ParkC on 6304 3560.

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