Stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease: Problems and prospects

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to highlight an exciting upcoming event for those interested in Parkinson’s research. The Barbican are hosting a series of public lectures, ‘wonder talks’ during March and April sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

Professor Anders Björklund of Lund University, Sweden will be giving a ‘wonder talk’ on ‘Stem cell therapy for Parkinson's disease: Problems and prospects’. He will discuss the recent progress made in stem cell research and how we hope to move this research to clinical use in the future.

Date: 9 April 2013 (6:00pm)
Venue: The Barbican, Silk St, London, EC2Y 8DS, UK

Entry is free and no ticket required. To find out more visit -

It promises to be a fascinating event and would be great to see some research supporters there!

Best wishes

The Research Team
This article also talks about stem cell inplants that were succesfully transplanted in monkeys:

What actually keeps annoying me is that the monkeys are not alpha-synuclein models. In order for the stem cells to grow, neurotrophic factors are needed. But it is already known that alpha-synuclein blocks the release of neurotrophic factors. So in other words, this research proofs nothing. I hope the researchers in the event clearly point this out.