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13 February 2023

Professor Susan Duty Delivers IoPPN Inaugural Lecture “Call of Duty - Pharmacology vs Parkinson's Disease"

Professor Duty presented the third IoPPN Inaugural Lecture 2023 on Monday 6 February 2023 at New Hunt's House Lecture Theatre

Professor Mark Richardson, Professor Susan Duty, and Professor Patrick Doherty

Professor Susan Duty is a Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience and the Co-Head of Department at Wolfson CARD. Her research team is dedicated to better understanding and finding improved treatments for Parkinson's disease. Her research focuses are finding drugs to combat the neurodegeneration underpinning the disease and defining the mechanisms behind pain in Parkinson's to identify ways for better pain management.

Professor Mark Richardson, Head of School of Neuroscience, opened the lecture with a welcome speech showcasing Professor Duty's career highlight. Professor Richardson remarked, "Susan is a remarkable researcher in Parkinson's disease and a leader in pharmacology education. She has been a long-term member of our school and we are pleased that she has recently taken the joint leadership position as Co-Head of Department in Wolfson CARD"

Professor Duty presented to a packed lecture theatre, remembering her formative years and the decisions that led her to study Pharmacology, completing her undergraduate and PhD at the University of Manchester. She has been awarded Teaching Excellence Awards from King’s College London and the British Pharmacology Society in recognition of innovative education. In this lecture, she described the work of her research group to address the failings of current Parkinson’s disease medicines.

Professor Patrick Doherty delivered the Vote of Thanks, thanking the organiser and attendees. He added "It is a pleasure to see a long-term colleague and Wolfson CARD member progress to become a highly-esteemed educator and leader. She gave an informative and entertaining lecture - a testament to her excellent work in King's."

It was an immense pleasure to present my inaugural lecture to all the attendees. In preparing for the lecture, which was by far the hardest one of my career to date, I reminisced about my personal and professional life. Many have supported and cheered for me, and I was delighted to have the opportunity to thank them. I feel encouraged and privileged to continue my research and teaching at King's, a place that truly feels like home.

Professor Susan Duty, Professor of Pharmacology and Neuroscience and Co-Head of Department at Wolfson CARD.

To view previous lectures and to find out about upcoming lectures in the Inaugural Lectures series, please visit this link Inaugural Lectures

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Susan Duty

Professor in Pharmacology & Neuroscience