Farnesol: The farnesylator of PARIS

A build up of “PARkin Interacting Substrate” (or PARIS) protein has been proposed as one potential mediator of the pathology observed in some cases of Parkinson’s. The accumulation of this protein leads to the inhibition of a key protein called PGC-1α, which is a neuroprotective protein that helps to keep cells […]

The Bluerockers have started

On the 8th June, BlueRock Therapeutics put out a press release announcing that the first participant in their Phase I clinical trial of cell transplantation for Parkinson’s had been dosed (Click here to read the press release). The initiation of this clinical trial by the company is a major step forward […]

The Anavex results

This week some encouraging clinical trial results were announced by a biotech firm called Anavex Life Sciences. The company had been testing their lead experimental therapy – a Sigma-1 receptor agonist called ANAVEX2-73 (also known as blarcamesine) – in 132 people with Parkinson’s disease dementia over a 14 week period. The […]


This week an announcement was made regarding The Edmond J. Safra Accelerating Clinical Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease (EJS-ACT PD) Initiative. It is hoping to revolutionise the way clinical trials for potentially disease-modifying drugs for Parkinson’s are conducted. The project is focused on the setting up a multi-arm, multi-stage (MAMS) platform for […]

Unmasking LRRK2 and GBA

Connecting genetics and biology is complicated. Researchers around the world have struggled to determine what each functional region of DNA is doing individually, let alone in combination with other regions. And sometimes when the output of combinations is examined, the results can be unexpected. Recently, researchers looked at the consequences of […]