A Perfect Storm: Parkinson’s and Mitochondria

Our second SciBar event, as part of Brain Awareness Week and the British Science Week 2016, was presented by Elizabeth Stephen and Nishani
Jeyapalan.

These PhD students from Newcastle University’s Institute of Neuroscience used the analogue of weather to explain the causes and risk factors associated with Parkinson’s Disease.

They then went a step further and explained that the root cause of most of this weather was mitochondria, the “batteries” of cells. Mutations in the mitochondria disrupt the way the mitochondria function ultimately leading to the types of “weather” associated with Parkinson’s.

Following their talk, the speakers answered several questions from the audience. This provoked great discussion and lead to a number of the audience catching them after the close of the official Q&A to discuss the finer points of their research.

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