I went to UCL to visit the project looking at the protein PGC-1a and what affect it has on PD. They are using fruit flies that have had PD introduced...and then they measure amongst other things movement of the fly when the PGC-1a has been increased. We saw how they do that by injecting the fly and measuring the twitch it the muscle that would make the fly take off!! AMAZING how they can do that on something as tiny as a fruit fly. It was interesting seeing the labs and the room FULL of little bottles with fruit flies maturing.
The researchers were all very keen to talk to the small group of us and, we were able to look down a microscope and observe a fly and the movement measuring method.
It was really interesting and the afternoon tea they gave us was good too!
Next week I am going to the lecture at the royal college of surgeons - as it is in the evening!! PD and genetics unlocking the next generation of treatments...
the Birmingham conference was very good, interesting inspiring talks, a really good lunch and it was nice to meet other RSN people and talk to the PUK staff in person! Worth the long train journey!