Title

Exploring Parkinson’s Disease: New Areas of Research for Treatment and Prevention

Date

5-26-2016 10:45 AM

End Time

26-5-2016 11:30 AM

Location

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Department

Chemistry

Session Chair

Arlene Courtney

Session Title

Chemistry Capstone Seminars

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Arlene Courtney

Presentation Type

Presentation

Abstract

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that involves damage to dopaminergic neurons in the brain. The most notable symptoms include tremor, rigidity and bradykinesia (slowed movements). I will discuss the hallmarks of PD and the biochemistry of the disease in the brain. At present, there is no cure for PD and standard treatment options only reduce symptoms temporarily. Some commonly used pharmaceuticals cause unwanted side effects after prolonged use; finding new treatment options is a major focus of research dedicated to PD. This seminar is aimed at describing current treatments and exploring new research areas, which provide hope for new treatment and prevention options. The inspiration behind this seminar is to spread awareness about this disease and share what I have learned from my mother and her 13-year battle with Parkinson’s; this seminar is dedicated to her.

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Exploring Parkinson’s Disease: New Areas of Research for Treatment and Prevention

Natural Sciences (NS) 101

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that involves damage to dopaminergic neurons in the brain. The most notable symptoms include tremor, rigidity and bradykinesia (slowed movements). I will discuss the hallmarks of PD and the biochemistry of the disease in the brain. At present, there is no cure for PD and standard treatment options only reduce symptoms temporarily. Some commonly used pharmaceuticals cause unwanted side effects after prolonged use; finding new treatment options is a major focus of research dedicated to PD. This seminar is aimed at describing current treatments and exploring new research areas, which provide hope for new treatment and prevention options. The inspiration behind this seminar is to spread awareness about this disease and share what I have learned from my mother and her 13-year battle with Parkinson’s; this seminar is dedicated to her.