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Professor Miquel Vila, ICREA Research Professor and Associate Professor Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB)

Professor Vila’s research is geared toward elucidating the molecular mechanisms of neuron cell death occurring in Parkinson’s disease, a particular neurodegenerative disorder characterized by the degeneration of a specific set of neurons that are anatomically confined to a region of the brain called substantia nigra pars compacta and that produce the neurotransmitter dopamine. Elucidating the molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration in Parkinson’s disease should allow the development of new therapeutic strategies aimed at blocking neuronal death in this disabling, currently incurable, disorder, as well as elicit important clues to identifying molecular pathways that might be common to other neurodegenerative conditions.

Topics: Substantia nigra, Nervous system—Degeneration, Dopamine, Parkinson’s disease, Neurons

Organisers: Melanie Witt (University of Oxford, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Physiology Anatomy and Genetics)

Contact email: opdc.administrator@dpag.ox.ac.uk