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Safra lecture: Parkinson’s cutting-edge research08 May 2008, PR 85/08
The annual Edmond J. Safra Memorial Lecture, Exploring cutting-edge research on Parkinson’s disease took place at King's last night. It was given by Miguel Nicolelis, Professor of Neuroscience at Duke University; USA, and David Brooks, Hartnett Professor of Neurology, Imperial College London.
This memorial lecture, highlighting frontline advances in research into Parkinson's disease is an annual event at King's. The lecture honours the late Mr Edmond J. Safra, philanthropist and financier, and his widow, Mrs Lily Safra FKC, who recently made a generous gift to support research being undertaken at the College into the causes of Parkinson's.
Miguel Nicolelis, is the Anne W. Deane Professor of Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering and Psychology at Duke University. He is also Co-Director of the Duke Center for Neuroengineering and Co-Founder and Scientific Director of the Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute for Neuroscience of Natal (Brazil).
He is best known for his study of Brain-Machine Interfaces (BMI) for neuroprosthetics in (enabling control of robotic limbs through thought alone).
Professor Nicolelis’ talk focused on the latest advances in neuroprosthetics, showing how we could use brain signals to control robot arms and legs, including the latest experiments involving real-time control of a bipedal robot in Japan. He also discussed a new therapeutic approach for treating Parkinson's main motor signs and symptoms.
David Brooks is Hartnett Professor of Neurology in the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London, and Head of the Neurology Group at the Medical Research Council Clinical Sciences Centre in Hammersmith Hospital, London. He is also Head of Neurology in Medical Diagnostics, GE Healthcare.
Professor Brookes' research involves the use of positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging to study cerebral control of movement in health and disease, and the performance of therapeutic trials in Parkinson's disease.
At the lecture Professor Brookes discussed topics such as approaches to neuroprotection and restoration in Parkinson's disease, advances in understanding motor complications of Parkinson, and the relationship between Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases.
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