Professor Paul Bolam presents ‘The Shaking Palsy’: Past, present and future of Parkinson’s disease
The neurodegenerative disorder we now call Parkinson’s disease was first formally described by James Parkinson in 1817. Of all the neurodegenerative disorders, Parkinson’s disease has been a success story: we know precisely what goes wrong that underlies the motor symptoms and we have good symptomatic treatments. However, we cannot alter the course of the disease and this is the challenge of the future.
Paul Bolam is a professor of neuroscience in The Medical Research Council Unit, in the Department of Pharmacology at Oxford University. He worked for many years on the region of the brain involved in Parkinson’s disease and has published over 200 papers. His is still involved with the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre and acts as the co-Editor of the European Journal of Neuroscience. He will talk about the brain cells that die in Parkinson’s disease, about the current therapies that we have for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease and what are the hopes for the future.
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