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Listen to our fascinating series of podcasts, exploring the latest  Parkinson's research (with a Scottish slant!)

Compiled and presented by Dr Julie Jones and Helga Macfarlane

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Episode 1 :  Interview with Dr Angus Macleod, Honorary Consultant Neurologist, NHS Grampian & Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen.

Julie Jones chats to Dr Angus Macleod about his own research work and finds out his thoughts on promising developments further afield.

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Recording of online Q & A with Drs Angus Macleod & Carl Counsell.

Originally held 8th February 23. 

Helga Macfarlane finds out about Julie Jones' research experience, particularly in relation to her ongoing study into exercise for people with Young Onset Parkinson's DIsease.

Professor Kunath gives Julie Jones an insight into his work on stem cell models in Parkinson's Disease and the work being done to fully understand the role of alpha-synuclein in the progression of the disease. 

With a thirty year career in the pharmaceutical industry that has taken him all over the world, Julie Jones caught up with Alan Main on a brief return to his home city of Aberdeen, to find out more about the industry behind all our daily medication.

Research comes in many forms and in this episode we'll be finding out about the evaluation done on the new Parkinson's Beats drumming sessions. Find out how exercise can be fun and what benefits participants got from the sessions.  Interviewer Helga Macfarlane.

Episode 2 :  Interview with Dr Carl Counsell, Consultant Neurologist, NHS Grampian & Clinical Reader, University of Aberdeen.

Julie Jones explores Dr Carl Counsell's long career in research alongside his clinical role and academic teaching, and his views on what the future might hold for Parkinson's research.

Episode 3 :  Interview with Dr. Julie Jones, Senior Lecturer in Physiotherapy, Robert Gordon University & CSO and Parkinson's UK Clinical Academic Fellow

Episode 4 :  Interview with Tilo Kunath, Professor of Regenerative Neurobiology at the University of Edinburgh 

Episode 5 :  Interview with Alan Main, former Global President, Bayer Medical Care & previous Head of Consumer Healthcare at Sanofi.

Episode 6 :  Interview with James Jopling, Scotland Director, Parkinson's UK

James Jopling joined Parkinson's UK as Scotland Director in April 2022 in the wake of the Covid pandemic and just as the cost of living crisis started to bite.  He talks to Julie Jones about the challenges facing the charity, and the role and value of its unique approach to patient involvement in research.

Episode 7 :  Interview with Prof. Gareth Jones, University of Aberdeen

Demystifying all the jargon used in research! Professor Jones guides us through all the different kinds of trials, studies, and research, explaining what the different types are for and what they mean. Julie Jones asks why sample size is important, what is peer review and about the ethics process

Episode 8 :  Parkinson's Beats with Jo Holland, Alison Williams and Julie Jones

Episode 9 :  Interview with Dr Edward Newman, National Deep Brain Stimulation Service in Glasgow

Dr Ed Newman talks Helga Macfarlane through the latest developments in the field of Deep Brain Stimulation, the different types of devices available and what the future might hold. 

Episodes 10 & 11  World Mental Health Day Special - two part podcast.

                              Part 1 - Anxiety      

                              Part 2 - Depression

Julie Jones and Neil Morrison from NoSPRIG talk to Senior Clinical Neuropsychologist Dr Jennifer Foley and mental health specialist Parkinson's Nurse Emma Edwards about two of the most common mental health issues in Parkinsons - anxiety and depression.

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Episode 12 :  Interview with Professor David Dexter, Director of Research, Parkinson's UK

Professor David Dexter shares his optimism over current trials and studies that are nearing completion. He explains the charity's research strategy, the roles and importance of volunteers and the challenges Parkinson's presents researchers in their quest towards finding new treatments and a cure.

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Further episodes will be released monthly - watch this space for details!

Podcasts produced with the kind support of Dan Holland, Adventurous Audio Ltd.

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