ParkC works with a number of different individuals and groups, who are researchers or clinicians involved in Parkinson's research with us.
Dr Naomi Cocks is a speech pathologist, lecturer, and researcher based at Curtin University. Her research focuses on communication difficulties and swallowing difficulties experienced by people with Parkinson’s. In partnership with speech pathologists at Bentley Hospital, Naomi obtained a research grant to support a research project investigating the impact of a therapy programme on drooling and swallowing in Parkinson’s. Naomi is particularly interested in communication issues in those with Parkinson's, and currently co-supervises a PhD student (Matthew Han) in this research area.
Dr Ryan Anderton is a biomedical scientist with the Perron Institute and a lecturer at the University of Notre Dame. His research focuses on the genetics involved in neurodegenerative disorders such as Parkinson's and Motor Neuron Disease. Ryan is particularly interested in the gut microbiome in people with Parkinson's in Australia, and currently co-supervises a ParkC PhD student (Hayley Grant) in this research area.
Dr Blake Lawrence completed his PhD with ParkC in 2016. Blake's PhD thesis examined the therapeutic potential of cognitive training and transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for improving cognitive function in people with Parkinson's and Mild Cognitive Impairment. Blake has since held research positions at Flinders University in Adelaide, Cancer Council NSW in Sydney, and at Ear Science Institute Australia in Perth. Blake is now a Research Fellow in the School of Psychology at Curtin University. Blake continues to be a valuable contributor to ParkC, helping to analyse data and write publications.