PD MitoQuant team walks 10 km in aid of PD Ireland

A lovely crisp October day ( 2-10-2020) helped with the walk that the PD mitoquant team at RCSI took virtually in Dublin and the outskirts.

Eight researchers from RCSI and Pintail Ltd walked in aid of PD Ireland.

Here are a couple of pics of the day-

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Upcoming Public Event -“Parkinson’s research in Ireland” HAS BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

This event has been cancelled!

please return to this page for Further updates on the event.

 

RCSI Dublin will host a public event on the e- “Parkinson’s research in Ireland”.

The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in Parkinson’s research, and will consist of short talks from researchers, a person with Parkinson’s and an industry representative, followed by an audience Q&A. Talks will be followed by a social event including an introduction to set dancing for Parkinson’s.

More information and free registration is available at EventBrite: http://bit.ly/2O9hM3N

 

See Flyer below by clicking on the link:

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Brain Tumor Ireland Event -Wear a hat day!

25-10-19

The department hosted ‘Wear a hat day’ to support the efforts to raise awareness of Brain tumor symptoms and early prognosis of a brain tumor  – The morning consisted of talks on the research that we are doing here in the centre for systems medicine and money by selling raffle tickets to support for Brain Tumor Ireland with lots of great prizes donated

Our speakers:

Dr Brona Murphy- PI Glioblastoma Multiforme

Ms Archita Biswas ( PhD student)-

Ms Orna Bacon ( Research Nurse – Brain Tumor Biobank

Ms Viktorija Juric ( PhD student)

Dr Frank Lincoln

Here are some images of the day

The whole Department:

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Our first PD-MitoQuant Newsletter

PDMQ newsletter Aug 2019

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Ian Reynolds wins an award for best trainee presentation at the Irish Association of Coloproctology meeting in Beaumont Hospital

Dr Ian Reynolds was awarded the prize for best trainee presentation at the Irish Association of Coloproctology meeting in Beaumont Hospital on Saturday 25/5/19.

The project is supervised by Prof. Prehn 

The title was: Mucinous adenocarcinoma of the colon and rectum: An analysis of simple somatic mutations

 

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Physiology and Medical Physics Summer Science Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Physiol Summer Day 2019 Programme (003)

 

 

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Parkinson’s Awareness Week 4-11th of April

https://www.parkinsons.ie/SaveTheDateParkinsonsAwarenessWeek

 

please see a great interview all about the PD-MITOQUANT project-

https://www.dzne.de/en/spotlight/meldungen/2019/experts-across-europe-team-up-for-parkinsons-research/

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RCSI/CSM -coordinated project to inform future Parkinson’s treatment development

 

Tuesday, 12 March 2019:

 €7 million Parkinson’s research project Co-ordinated by Prof. Prehn 

A new research study aims to deepen the understanding of Parkinson’s so that better treatments can be developed in the future. The project, which will be coordinated by RCSI, has been awarded €7m by the Innovative Medicines Initiative (IMI) with pharmaceutical industry and patient advocacy partners.

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The PD-MitoQUANT project aims to increase understanding of how cells in the brain become damaged in Parkinson’s so more effective treatments can be developed for the one million people living with Parkinson’s in Europe today, including 12,000 people in Ireland.

The researchers will focus on parts of the cell, known as mitochondria, that malfunction in people with Parkinson’s. Mitochondria contribute to cell death and neurodegeneration and there is growing evidence of their role in Parkinson’s, but no effective treatments have been developed based on this knowledge.

The EU public-private partnership funding health research and innovation chose the project as it recognises that new, more effective treatments are urgently needed. The most common drug to treat Parkinson’s used in Ireland is more than 50 years old, and no current treatment can stop, slow or reverse the condition.

The PD-MitoQUANT Coordinator is Professor Jochen Prehn, RCSI Chair of Physiology, Director of the RCSI Centre for Systems Medicine and Principal Investigator at FutureNeuro, the SFI Research Centre for Chronic and Rare Neurological Diseases. Professor Prehn said: “This project will join forces with top scientists in academia and industry to bring a fresh look on how we identify and test novel drugs for the treatment of this devastating movement disorder.”

The key PD-MitoQUANT Investigators based at RCSI are Dr Niamh Connolly and Dr Orla Watters, Department of Physiology and Medical Physics and Centre for Systems Medicine, who will be focusing their research on Parkinson’s in the coming years.Dr Niamh Connolly commented: “While there are therapies currently available for Parkinson’s, they do not improve all symptoms, nor do they slow or prevent disease progression over time.

“We hope that a systematic understanding of Parkinson’s developed from this project will lead to improved tools for the early stages of drug development, so pharmaceutical companies can develop new treatments in the future,” Dr Connolly said.

Professor Raymond Stallings, Director of Research and Innovation at RCSI said: “Research that informs improved treatments for patients is at the core of RCSI’s mission to lead impactful research that addresses Irish and international health challenges such as Parkinson’s. RCSI is proud to be the first Irish Institution to lead an Innovative Medicines Initiative project which is a testament to our strong expertise in high quality neurological research that drives advances to improve the lives of people with life-changing conditions.”

The project involves 14 partners from nine countries, including:

  • academic experts from: RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland); Institut du Cerveau et de la Moelle Epinière; German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE); Neuroscience Institute of the National Research Council; University College London; Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre; the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
  • SMEs: GeneXplain GmbH; Mimetas B.V.; Pintail Limited
  • pharmaceutical companies from the EFPIA members: Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd.; H. Lundbeck A/S and UCB S.A.
  • patient advocacy organisation: Parkinson’s UK

With the project kick-off meeting taking place this month, the project will run for three years, receiving €4.5m in funding from the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme and €2.46m in-kind from European Federation of Pharmaceutical Industries and Associations (EFPIA) members and Parkinson’s UK.

The project has been announced to coincide with National Brain Awareness Week which takes place from 11-17 March. loveyourbrain.ie #LoveYourBrain2019

About PD-MitoQUANT www.pdmitoquant.eu

PD-MitoQUANT has received funding from the Innovative Medicines Initiative (www.imi.europa.eu) 2 Joint Undertaking under grant agreement No 821522. This Joint Undertaking receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and EFPIA and Parkinson’s UK.

 

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Mini Science TY 2019

Transition Year Students put on lab coats for the three day Mini-Science Transition Year programme 2019

Twenty three lucky transition year students out of over a hundred applicants from Dublin and the midlands took part in the 4th annual Mini- Science TY programme here at RCSI. This was a three day interactive science programme, led and co-ordinated by Dr Helena Bonner and Professor Jochen Prehn in the Department of Physiology and Medical Physics at RCSI in conjunction with the the Centre for Systems Medicine, based at RCSI.

During the three day programme which finished on Wednesday 6th of February, students had the opportunity to experience life as a scientist. The programme started with a tour of the RCSI St. Stephens Green campus which also provided them with an opportunity to learn about the different courses offered in RCSI.

Students had the opportunity to find out about research being done in both the Centre for Systems Medicine and the FutureNeuro centre. This included talks on the aging of the human brain, epilepsy, brain tumours, motor neuron disease, and cancer. They enjoyed visualising cancer and neuronal cells using fluorescence microscopy. They extracted their own DNA. They now understand the impact that science/research can have in society whilst learning about the ‘Waterspout’ project as well as the importance of collaboration and communication skills in scientific research. They thoroughly enjoyed acomputer based practical and a presentation on career options with a STEM qualification.

Speaking on the programme, Professor Jochen Prehn, Director of the Centre for Systems Medicine, RCSI said, “I am delighted to welcome the students to RCSI for this programme. I hope from the experience of the past three days that that the students learned a lot and will perhaps consider career in science”. Thanks to all the researchers in the department of Physiology and Medical Physics for volunteering their time to this programme and making it possible. Ms Luise Halang, Ms Aasia Batool, Mr KelvinEHowLau, Dr Amaya Sanz Rodriguez, Ms Mona Heiland, Dr Marion Hogg, Dr Triona Ni Chonghaile, Mr Kieron White, Ms Bridget Doyle, Dr Shona Pfeiffer, Dr Janosch Heller, Dr Brona Murphy   Dr Isabela Aparicio, Dr Cristina Ruedell Reschke, Prof. Kevin Mc Guigan, Dr Gary Brennan, Dr Niamh Connolly, Dr Manuela Salvucci, Dr Simon Furney, and Mr Frank Donegan.

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Position open for applications: IMI2 PD-MitoQuant Programme and Data Manager

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