Fighting back against Parkinson’s Disease

As healthcare advances and more people live longer, diseases of the brain are increasingly being seen as the next major medical challenge. 

One of the areas where research is beginning to focus is on Parkinson's Disease, a progressive illness which affects the way people with the condition can talk, walk and write as well as think. 

To mark World Parkinson’s Awareness Day on Tuesday 11 April, there will be a free SciBar Health event from 7pm at the Novi Espresso and Cocktail Bar on Regent Street hosted by Cambridge British Science Association and Cambridge University Health Partners.

The event will involve two talks from experts in their fields:

•             Professor Roger Barker sees and manages patients with Parkinson’s Disease as well as running a large research clinic. He will talk about what is the Disease - is it one disorder or several that look similar and what new therapies are emerging to treat it?

•             Dr Nushan Gunawardana, is a neurology registrar at Addenbrooke's Hospital and will speak about what goes wrong in cells in Parkinson's Disease

Malcolm Lowe-Lauri, Executive Director at Cambridge University Health Partners, said: “The brain is an incredibly complex organ - it controls the way we move, when we laugh and tells us when to cry. It is also the part of our bodies which we know least about and as modern medicine and treatments help us to live longer, it is diseases of the brain which are now becoming the focus of medical research. Whilst developments have been made in some areas, the last significant drug discovery for Parkinson’s was over 50 years ago. For sufferers of the disease, we must be able to offer and do more which is why I am looking forward to hearing about the work of Professor Barker and Dr Gunawardana.”

Vasee Vinayagamoorthy, Co-chair of Cambridge British Science Association, said: "Although Parkinson's disease is not well understood yet, it is great to know that scientists and doctors are carrying out vital research into early detection and treatment of this condition, and to improve the lives of those who have it. Cambridge being a place for the curious, we are lucky to have great speakers and scientists who are enthusiastic about sharing what they know about the disease with the general public."

For more information and to book a ticket visit www.cuhp.org.uk/event/scibarhealth/2017-04-11

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