Parkinson’s disease
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Division of Molecular Biology & Human Genetics

​P​arkinson's Disease

​Team Activities

Members of the Parkinson's Research Group on a hike at Cecilia Forest, Cape Town (June 2021).

Members of Parkinson's Research Group on a hike at Newlands forest (February 2019).​


Members of the Parkinson's Disease Research Group (April 2019) at Tygerberg medical campus, Stellenbosch University



 Members of the Parkinson's Disease Research Group (February 2018 at Tygerberg medical campus, Stellenbosch University)


Team Social Activities

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PD group hike on 21 April 2018 at Jonkershoek Nature Reserve, Stellenbosch.


The PD group broadening our horizons with a visit to the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Cape Town, South Africa)


Rai​sing Awareness for Parkinson’s Disease

As a research group we not only work in the lab but also spread the message about Parkinson’s disease to broader public.


Pause for Parkinson’s

In 2019, the group hosted interactive activities to raise awareness of Parkinson’s disease at the Rooi plein on main campus Stellenbosch University for World Parkinson's Day (11th April). Students from various fields joined in tasks aimed at finding out ‘what it means to live with Parkinson’s disease’. The tasks ranged from simulating some of the major symptoms people with Parkinson’s experience such as tremors, rigidity, shuffling movement and impaired fine motor skills (e.g. difficulty buttoning a shirt).

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Get Active for Parkinson's

The group hosted a “Get active for Parkinson's" event on World Parkinson's Day, the 11th of April 2018, at the Rooiplein on main campus of Stellenbosch University. The purpose of the event was to raise awareness and provide insight on Parkinson's disease. Volunteers participated in short exercises and skipping competitions. 

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Pedal for Parkinson's

On World Parkinson's Day (11th April 2017), the PD group in collaboration with Tygerberg Maties gym spread awareness of the positive effect of exercise in improving the movement symptoms of people with Parkinson’s disease. Medical students from the Tygerberg campus of Stellenbosch University participated in a cycling competition.












Previous and current members of the Parkinson's Disease Research Group (2016 at Tygerberg medical campus, Stellenbosch University

PhD candidate, Annika Neethling (on the right) awarded the prize for best oral presentation by Inqaba Biotec at the Department of Biomedical Science's Research Day (November 2016).

PhD candidate, Oluwafemi Oluwole (left) presenting his poster presentation at the Faculty of Medicine and Health's Annual Academic Day (August 2016)

MSc candidate, Genevie Borrageiro (on the right) presenting the findings from her MSc studies at the Department of Biomedical Science's Research Day (November 2016).

The group at a teambuilding breakfast held at Nitida restaurant in Durbanville (November 2016)

PI, Prof. Soraya Bardien gave a public lecture on Parkinson's disease which was held at the iThemba Labs auditorium (NRF) in Somerset West. Her she is after the lecture, interacting with a group of school learners brought in by iThemba Labs as part of their outreach activities (October 2015)​