Category Archives: Parkinson’s disease

Lost in the landscape of the brain? Get out the atlas

This article originally appeared on The Brain Dialogue. Suzanne Shubart. Now brain travellers can track their explorations with highly-detailed maps created with state-of-the-art imaging technology. The Big Picture You’re lost in the desert and, after wandering for days, in the distance you spot a giant red rock jutting out of the barren landscape. Had you never encountered this landmark before […]

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A paradigm shift in proprioception

Proprioception is the sense of our body’s own actions. It is how we know where our body is in space. Disruption to proprioception can occur in many clinical conditions, including dystonia, stroke and Parkinson’s disease. When people have problems with proprioception, they cannot make normal movements. Over the last decade, numerous new findings have led to a paradigm shift in […]

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An international approach to tackling Parkinson’s disease

Dr Nic Dzamko and Prof Glenda Halliday have put together an international team dedicated to researching the causes of Parkinson’s disease. They will be the first in the world to use valuable early clinical samples to identify the genetic and molecular underpinnings of this brain illness. Parkinson’s disease is a debilitating neurodegenerative disorder with no current cure. It is estimated […]

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Parkinson’s disease, LRRK2 and inflammation

Over the past decade geneticists have discovered a number of genes that can cause familial or inherited Parkinson’s disease. There are almost twenty known genes that can increase the risk or even cause Parkinson’s disease if they become mutated. There is much hope amongst scientists that by understanding the function of these genes new ideas about how Parkinson’s disease starts […]

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