RIGeast – Past Events

East of England – Research Interest Group



This page lists our past research events. To view events please click on the links.

Gut Health in Parkinson’s

Marta Camacho trained as a neuropsychologist and started doing research in Neuroscience in 2012 at the Champalimaud Foundation in Lisbon, Portugal. She is currently the Clinical PD Cohort coordinator at the Clinical Neuroscience Department in the University of Cambridge and is conducting a PhD in the role of the gut in Parkinson’s disease progression. Marta is an enthusiastic science communicator and a proud member of the RIGeast Committee.

Wednesday 23 June 2021, from 10.30-11.30am

Parkinson’s is classically known as a movement disorder but it is often accompanied by other important features that gravely impact people’s well-being. Gut problems are often present before people manifest Parkinson’s motor symptoms and constipation is now considered a risk factor for developing the condition. But what if a person already has Parkinson’s, do gut problems affect their disease process? Marta Camacho is researching the main gut problems affecting people with Parkinson’s and whether these play a role in the disease progression.

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Using genetics to understand and find treatments for Parkinson’s

Mina Ryten is Professor of Clinical Genetics at UCL and an Honorary Consultant in Clinical Genetics at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In this video she explains what genes can tell us about the causes of Parkinson’s.

Friday 23rd April 2021
10.15am – 11.30 noon

Although most cases of Parkinson’s have no known cause, some, particularly early on-set forms, can be linked to a specific gene. We now know of over 90 genes that have been identified as risk factors for PD. Collectively they provide clues about the biological mechanisms underlying the disease. This field provides an excellent example of how “omic” sciences are revolutionising the way in which researchers are collaborating globally to find a cure.

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The Causes and Determinants of Parkinson’s

This was an online event about Anxiety Therapies and Research for people with Parkinson’s.

Thursday 25th February 2021
10.15am – 11.30 noon

Dr Alastair Noyce talks about the causes and determinants of Parkinson’s (also known as the epidemiology). He goes on to describe the various approaches to identifying people at risk of PD and what might be done to reduce that risk.

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Anxiety Therapies

This was an online event about Anxiety Therapies and Research for people with Parkinson’s.

Thursday 12th November 2020
10.30am – 12.00 noon

Dr Katherine Deane’s talk covered her plans for future research. Knowing from her own experience the frustration and dangers of a therapy for anxiety which does not address a particular diagnosis, she began to survey the patients, the real experts. She shared her thoughts on the research so far with us.

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A Good Night’s Sleep

This was an online event about A Good Night’s Sleep: Parkinson’s and Your Pillow.

Friday 21st August 2020
3.30pm – 5.00pm

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Sleep is so important for our physical and mental health that research into the topic is gathering momentum. Parkinson’s UK East of England Research Interest Group in an online webinar with two distinguished experts: Dr. Guy Leschziner and Dr. David Breen. They shared with us where research into sleep is right now, the hot topics on sleep quality, and what this means for people with Parkinson’s and their partners.

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