One of our ParkC PhD students, Hayley Grant, talking about her PhD on small chain fatty acids and Parkinson's
We are very pleased to announce that Dr Leon Booth has been awarded his PhD in a ceremony on 16th February at Curtin University, complete with celebratory fireworks. Leon's PhD was entitled "The Measurement and Nature of Impulsivity in Parkinson’s" and was supervised by Associate Professor Andrea Loftus and Professor Natalie Gasson. Leon worked very closely with Parkinson's Nurse Janet McLeod and the Parkinson's community to develop his PhD project. Leon impressed us all with his ability to tackle such a sensitive issue with empathy and compassion. Many congratulations Leon.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr Andrew Johnson has been awarded his PhD in a ceremony on 18th October at Perth Convention Centre. Andrew's PhD was entitled "A Bayesian Evaluation of Subtyping Methods in Parkinson’s Disease" and was supervised by Professor Natalie Gasson, Associate Professor Andrea Loftus, and Professor Romola Bucks. Andrew has impressed us all with his perseverance and determination in completing such a challenging program of research. Many congratulations Andrew!
The potential long-term health effects of COVID-19 are not understood, but researchers have found a potential link between COVID-19 and neurological issues.
Curtin School of Psychology Associate Professor Andrea Loftus was recently interviewed to discuss the potential link between COVID-19 and future neurological issues.
Emily has worked as the Research Assistant on ParkC since 2015, when we secured Zrinski funding from Parkinson's Western Australia for her employment. Over the past 5 years, Emily has helped build ParkC into a thriving, interactive research experience. In her role as a researcher, Emily has developed meaningful relationships with participants and colleagues of ParkC and has provided invaluable mentorship to many ParkC students. More recently, Emily was managing the randomised controlled trial (RCT) of non-invasive brain stimulation and cognitive training for Parkinson's (see our 'Research' page for more information on this project). The project was suspended in March this year due to Covid restrictions, and Emily has been working as a teaching administrative assistant with the School of Psychology since then. We are both happy and sad to announce that Emily has recently secured a position as a Clinical Trial Coordinator for a project in biomedical science at Curtin. In her new position, Emily will help to coordinate a project investigating whether a cholesterol-lowering drug (statin) can help to slow the progression of Alzhemier's Disease. Although we are very sad that Emily will no longer be the RA for ParkC, we are delighted that she is continuing her passion for neurodegenerative disorders and that she will remain an active member of ParkC. We have no doubt that Emily will continue to enrich the lives of those living with neurodegenerative conditions and we wish her all the very best for the future.
Not really a farewell, as Emily will still be involved in ParkC, this 'get together' was more of a celebratory dinner. Above from left-to-right are: Professor Romola Bucks, Janet McLeod (PWA), Dr Meghan Thomas, Dr Maria Pushpanathan, Professor Natalie Gasson, Matthew Han, Hayley Grant, Dr Blake Lawrence, Associate Professor Andrea Loftus, Emily Corti, Dr Andrew Johnson.