Parkinson’s disease
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Division of Molecular Biology & Human Genetics

Parkinson's Disease Research Group

Welcome to the Parkinson's disease research group home page. We are a multidisciplinary research group focusing on investigating the genetic aetiology of Parkinson's disease (PD) and studying the molecular mechanisms leading to the development of the disorder.

We have recruited patients, family members and controls for genetic studies from 2007 and to date, have collected and stored DNA samples from over 1,900 individuals (comprising probands, family members and controls). Also, we have available dermal fibroblasts of patients (harbouring PD-causing mutations) and matched controls for functional studies. We have published our findings in various peer-reviewed scientific journals and have also written an invited chapter for the book entitled Parkinson's disease, 2nd edition, 2013 (Editors: Pfeiffer, Wszolek, and Ebadi).