Robert Gordon University Physio Lands Landmark Fellowship For Parkinson’s Research



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A senior academic and physiotherapist at RGU has been awarded a fully-funded PhD fellowship from the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientist Office (CSO) and Parkinson’s UK, to further her work on exercise provision for people living with the complex long-term condition.

Julie Jones, a senior lecturer in RGU’s School of Health Sciences, has been awarded around £250,000 for the Clinical Academic Fellowship, which is the first of its kind received by a member of RGU and a rare achievement for an allied health practitioner. …

University of Dundee Scientists Make Parkinson’s Discovery



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Scientists at the University of Dundee have confirmed that a key cellular pathway that protects the brain from damage is disrupted in Parkinson’s patients, raising the possibility of new treatments for the disease.

Parkinson’s is a disabling disorder of the brain for which there is no cure. Mutations in two genes called PINK1 and Parkin are associated with early-onset forms of Parkinson’s. Both encode distinct classes of enzymes that play a pivotal role in protecting the brain against stress. …