Neurodegenerative Disorders Research
Neurodegenerative Disorders Research led by Associate Professor Ryan Anderton seeks to better understand and model neurodegenerative disorders including Parkinson’s, stroke and motor neurone disease. The team employs a combination of preclinical and clinical approaches to investigate these disorders in patient derived samples, cell-based models and in vivo models.
Diseases such as Parkinson’s are widespread and affect many people, with considerable variation in the age that symptoms commence. Very little is known, however, about what causes the disease, how rapidly it progresses and how people respond to treatment.
Part of the group’s novel research focus is to investigate the mechanisms behind the development and progression of non-motor symptoms in Parkinson’s. Specifically, research is focusing on the underlying risk factors influencing cognitive decline and impulse control disorders, and to study how the environment and gut microbiota influence the cause and progression of Parkinson’s.