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Positively Parkinson's


Fri 6 Jul 2012, 12:00pm–2:00pm

Where: Kerikeri Primary School, Hone Heke Road, Kerikeri, Bay of Islands

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

The Neurological Foundation of New Zealand presents a very special public lecture with author Ann Andrews and neuroscientist Associate Professor Debbie Young.

More than 10,000 New Zealanders have Parkinson's disease, but many thousands more are dealing with Parkinson's every day - relatives and friends, carers and health professionals. This event takes on a unique interview format with Sue Giddens from the Neurological Foundation interviewing Positively Parkinson's author Ann Andrews, then University of Auckland neuroscientist Associate Professor Debbie Young. Sue will talk to Ann about her Parkinson's journey over the last 11 years that culminated in the recent publication of her much-acclaimed book Positively Parkinson's. Following this, Sue will chat with Dr Debbie Young about her work as a neuroscientist at the University of Auckland, with a focus on her Parkinson's disease gene therapy work and the hope it holds for potential future treatments.

Positively Parkinson's author Ann Andrews has worked as a television and theatre producer, researcher, teacher and crisis counsellor. Diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in mid-life, this is the book she would like to have read at that critical time. Since the book's launch, Ann has been interviewed by Kim Hill on National Radio, and featured in the NZ Listener in an interview with Margo White.

Associate Professor Debbie Young is based in the Pharmacology and Clinical Pharmacology Department at the University of Auckland's School of Medical Sciences. Her research interests are broad and include the study of neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and Huntington's diseases. Dr Young provided insights into gene therapy research for Ann's book and will discuss highlights of recent studies in her interview segment.

No bookings required to attend this lecture. Please arrive early to secure seating.