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Nerve cell grown from human skin cells

Since 1969 we have invested over £75million in crucial Parkinson's research.

Every project is an important step forward in our work to find a cure and improve life for people affected by Parkinson's.

Our research has pioneered vital advances in treatment and care of people living with Parkinson's.

Every project is an important step forward in our work to find a cure and improve life for people affected by Parkinson's.

Read about the progress made by our researchers as a result of funding from Parkinson's UK. We'll be adding more research project results as they're ready.

Research projects 2016 Researcher

Final report date

The true costs of Parkinson's Dr Emma McIntosh, University of Glasgow October 2016
Speaking with your hands in Parkinson's  Dr Ellen Poliakoff, University of Manchester September 2016
‘Get it on time’: what’s the evidence?  Dr Rob Skelly, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust July 2016
Mimicking the effects of GDNF Professor Mart Saarma, University of Helsinki, FInland June 2016
Ethnicity and non-motor symptoms in Parkinson's Professor K Ray Chaudhuri, King's College London June 2016
Understanding the role of neuromelanin in Parkinson's Professor Miquel Vila, Vall d'Hebron Research Institute  June 2016
A lifetime study of people living with Parkinson's Dr Carl Counsell, University of Aberdeen June 2016
Bringing CLARITY to Parkinson's Professor Stephen Gentleman, Imperial College London June 2016
The Parkinson's brain in a dish- a new model for research  Professor Rosemary Fricker, Keele University June 2016
A worm model to find drugs that can slow Parkinson's  Dr Lorraine Kalia, University of Toronto June 2016
Which proteins help dopamine-producing nerve cells develop from stem cells? Professor Rosemary Fricker, Keele University June 2016
Tigar: a promising new drug target for Parkinson's Professor Oliver Bandmann, University of Sheffield June 2016
Tau and Parkinson's- What's the link? Professor Richard Wade-Martins, University of Oxford May 2016
Filling the genetic gaps in Parkinson's Professor Nicholas Wood, University College London April 2016
Invesigating PGC-1α in fruit fly models of Parkinson's Professor Linda Partridge, University College London April 2016
Towards a new 'anti-oxidant' treatment for Parkinson's Dr Paul Tuite, University of Minnesota, USA February 2016
LRRK2 - a target for developing new drugs for Parkinson's? Dr Patrick Lewis, University of Reading February 2016
Understanding the role of the Parkin gene in Parkinson's Professor Dario Alessi, University of Dundee February 2016
Can zebrafish help us to understand early onset Parkinson's? Dr Oliver Bandmann, University of Sheffield January 2016
Improving traffic flow in Parkinson's Professor Sandip Patel, University College London January 2016
Developing a simple test for Parkinson's dementia Dr Michele Hu, University of Oxford January 2016

 

Research results from 2015

Research projects 2015 Researcher

Final report date

Closing in on new treatments for dyskinesia Dr Marios Politis, Imperial College London December 2015
What is the link between Gaucher's disease and Parkinson's? Professor Anthony Schapira, University College London  September 2015
The development of Parkinson's in the brain. Professor Roger Barker, University of Cambridge August 2015
Does Parkinson's make it harder for people to learn new skills? Professor Peter Brown, University of Oxford August 2015
The many shapes of alpha-synuclein Prof Christopher Dobson, University of Cambridge August 2015
Investigating 'iron-handling' drug for Parkinson's  Dr James Duce, University of Leeds July 2015
Using skin cells to tell us more about Parkinson's Dr Oliver Bandmann, University of Sheffield June 2015
Targeting the parkin protein to develop new and better treatments  Dr Ewan Morrison, University of Leeds  May 2015
Spotting the earliest signs of Parkinson's

Dr Anette Schrag,       University College London

April 2015
The role of Lewy bodies in the death of nerve cells in Parkinson's

Dr Lynn Bedford,       University of Nottingham

April 2015
How does Parkinson's spread throughout the brain? Professor Tamas Revesz, Institute of Neurology April 2015
How proteins combine in the brain to protect nerve cells Professor Nick Wood, University College London March 2015
Saving synapses: Helping nerve cells stay connected in Parkinson's Professor Patricia Salinas, University College London February 2015
Are Lewy bodies behind dopamine nerve cell death? Dr Mark Cooper, University College London February 2015
Are Lewy bodies the bad guys in Parkinson's? Dr Jody Mason, University of Essex January 2015
Testing new drugs for dyskinesia Professor Riccardo Brambilla, Cardiff University  January 2015
A new fruit fly model of Parkinson's Dr Alex Whitworth, University of Sheffield January 2015
Developing a simple test for Parkinson's Dr Jason Davis, University of Oxford January 2015
Improving speech in Parkinson's Dr Aileen Ho, University of Reading January 2015
Investigating 'traffic jams' inside brain cells in Parkinson's Dr Chris Wilkinson, Royal Holloway January 2015
Targeting brain rhythms to find better treatments for Parkinson's Dr Ian Stanford, Aston University January 2015
Testing new drugs to slow down nerve cell death Professor David Dexter, Imperial College London January 2015

 

Research results from 2014

Research projects 2014 Researcher Final report date
The role of inflammation in Parkinson's Dr Martin Schroeder, Durham University November 2014
Making better and safer dopamine producing nerve cells Dr Martin Hallegger
University of Oxford
October 2014
What does alpha-synuclein do in nerve cells? Professor Vladimir Buchman
University of Cardiff
October 2014
Studying alpha-synuclein in a realistic model of Parkinson's Professor Richard Wade-Martins
University of Oxford
September 2014
Parkinson's and Gauchers disease: is calcium the missing link? Professor Sandip Patel
University College London
August 2014
Linking alpha-synuclein to Parkinson's Professor Maria Grazia Spillantini
University of Cambridge
June 2014
Using light to study nerve cells Dr Sarah Threlfell 
University of Oxford
June 2014
A deep brain stimulation trial for Parkinson's Professor Keith Wheatley, University of Birmingham May 2014
Stem cells from skin cells: towards a cure for Parkinson's Dr Maeve Caldwell
University of Bristol
May 2014
Investigating changes in proteins in Parkinson's Professor Fran Borovecki, University of Zagreb April 2014
Using worms to understand Parkinson's Dr Anton Gartner, University of Dundee April 2014
Using yeast to help us understand the DJ-1 gene Dr Flaviano Giorgini, University of Leicester April 2014
Exploring 'RAB family proteins' to find new treatments for Parkinson's Dr Flaviano Giorgini, University of Leicester April 2014
Preventing activity related falls in Parkinson's Dr Emma Stack, University of Southampton April 2014
Genes, dyskinesia and deep brain stimulation Dr Tom Foltynie, University College London April 2014
Correcting LRRK2 to develop better treatments Dr Hardy Rideout, Academy of Athens April 2014
Using stem cells to understand dementia with Lewy bodies Dr Tilo Kunath, University of Edinburgh March 2014
How does the PINK1gene cause nerve cell death in Parkinson's? Dr Andrey Abramov, University College London March 2014
Calcium in the Parkinson's brain Dr Stephanie Cragg, University of Oxford February 2014
How does alpha-synuclein move from cell to cell? Dr Mark Cooper, University College London February 2014
Can CDNF stop dopamine nerve cell death? Dr Maeve Caldwell, University of Bristol February 2014
What changes over time happen to people with Parkinson's? Dr Carl Counsell, University of Aberdeen February 2014
Predicting the risk of dyskinesia in Parkinson's Dr Binith Cheeran, University of Oxford February 2014
Studying nicotine's potential to treat Parkinson's Dr Stephanie Cragg, University of Oxford February 2014
Using mobile phones to tackle speech problems in Parkinson's Dr Roger Eglin, University of Portsmouth February 2014
Using exercise to prevent breathing problems Dr Richard Walker, Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust February 2014
Looking for genes linked with  dementia with Lewy bodies Dr Jose Bras, Institute of Neurology, University College London January 2014
What does PINK1 do inside nerve cells? Professor Dario Alessi, University of Dundee January 2014
Can a diabetes drug also help people with Parkinson's? Dr Michael Duchen, University College London January 2014

 

Research results from 2013

Research projects 2013 Researcher Final report date
Targeting proteins - towards new treatments for Parkinson's Professor Chris Moody, University of Nottingham November 2013
Developing a bone marrow stem cell therapy for Parkinson's Dr Alan Whone, University of Bristol

October 2013

Looking for biomarkers in the blood Professor Rosamonde Banks, University of Leeds October 2013
Would specialist units improve hospital care for people with Parkinson's? Dr Rob Skelly, Derby Hospitals NHS Foundations Trust September 2013
Why are dopamine-producing nerve cells vulnerable in Parkinson's? Dr Siew-Lan Ang, MRS institute of medical research, London August 2013
Can we predict Parkinson's? Dr Alastair Noyce, University of London July 2013
Putting a stop to dyskinesia Professor Riccardo Brambilla, University of Cardiff May 2013
Fat - a new source of stem cells? Dr Jan-Willem Taanman, University College London May 2013
The role of NOS enzymes in Parkinson's Professor Matthew Wood, University of Oxford March 2013
Do viral infections trigger Parkinson's? Professor Tony Nash, University of Edinburgh February 2013
Can we personalise treatment for Parkinson's? Dr Ashwani Jha,
University College London
January 2013
Why do people with Parkinson's have difficulty with posture? Dr Karen Doherty, University College London January 2013

 

Research results from 2012

Research projects 2012 Researcher Final report date
Developing movement based computer games for Parkinson's Professor Lynn Rochester, Newcastle University December 2012
Assistive technology: what is there and is it useful? Professor Sheila Kitchen, King's College London November 2012
How mutations in the DJ-1 gene can cause nerve cell death Dr Gyorgy Szabadkai, University College London November 2012
Looking for changes in alpha-synuclein in the Parkinson's brain Dr Christos Proukakis, University College London November 2012
CDNF and MANF - a protective pair for Parkinson's? Dr Maeve Caldwell, University of Bristol October 2012
What genes make people more likely to develop Parkinson's? Professor John Hardy, University College London October 2012
Stopping nerve cells over-reacting: a new drug target for Parkinson's? Dr Susan Jones, University of Cambridge October 2012
What makes dopamine-producing nerve cells vulnerable in Parkinson's? Professor Paul Bolam, University of Oxford September 2012
Drugs that target inflammation show promise in the lab Dr Peter Teismann, University of Aberdeen September 2012
Investigating the relationship between alpha-synuclein and oxidative stress Dr Richard Wade-Martins, University of Oxford August 2012
Why do people with Parkinson's have trouble swallowing? Professor Shaheen Hamdy, University of Manchester August 2012
Using worms to understand why nerve cells die in Parkinson's Dr Anton Gartner, University of Dundee August 2012
An objective measure of dyskinesia Dr Stephen Smith, University of York June 2012
Does the drug apomorphine have 'anti-dementia' effects? Professor David Burn, Newcastle University June 2012
Harnessing a hunger hormone to protect nerve cells in Parkinson's Dr Jeff Davies, Swansea University June 2012
An objective measure of dyskinesia in Parkinson's Dr Stephen Smith, University of York June 2012
A diabetes drug with potential for Parkinson's Dr Peter Whitton, University College London

June 2012

How is mood affected in people with Parkinson's? Professor Richard Brown, Institute of Psychiatry at King's College London May 2012
Promising findings from our Wii-habilitation study Professor Cathy Craig, Queen's University Belfast May 2012
Differences in the brain may contribute to impulsive and compulsive behaviour in Parkinson's Professor Paola Piccini, Imperial College London May 2012
Managing impulsive and compulsive behaviour in Parkinson's Professor Tony David, King's College London May 2012
Fruit fly research reveals protective protein Dr Frank Hirth, King's College London March 2012
Improved technique for generating nerve cells from stem cells Dr Maeve Caldwell, University of Bristol January 2012
New clues about the effects of nicotine in Parkinson's Dr Stephanie Cragg, University of Oxford January 2012

 

Research results from 2011

Research projects 2011 Researcher Final report date
New target for less invasive brain stimulation Dr Ian Stanford, Aston University December 2011
A new clue to thinking problems in Parkinson's Professor Roger Barker, University of Cambridge October 2011
Can electrical stimulation be given through the scalp? Professor Ann Ashburn, University of Southampton October 2011
Fruit fly research reveals clues about nerve cell death in Parkinson's Dr Alex Whitworth, University of Sheffield September 2011
Understanding dyskinesia in Parkinson's after nerve cell replacement Professor Steve Dunnett, Cardiff University August 2011
Eye problems more common in people with Parkinson's Dr Tara Moore, University of Ulster August 2011
The making of dopamine nerve cells Dr Siew-Lan Ang, MRC Institute of Medical Research, London July 2011
Targeting nitric oxide to tackle dyskinesia in Parkinson's Professor Peter Jenner, King's College London June 2011