Parkinson’s podcast: ‘New Neurons for Old’ – interview with Dr Roger Barker

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Author: Parkinson's Life editorsPublished: 14 April 2016

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What do you know about foetal and stem cell transplants in Parkinson’s disease? Listen to this interview with the neuroscientist who is leading a team to ‘revive’ these types of controversial procedures


In the latest Portland Countdown podcast, regular hosts Dave Iverson and Jon Palfreman invite special guest Dr Roger Barker, professor of neuroscience at the Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair, to review the history of foetal tissue and stem cell transplants in Parkinson’s disease.

Dr Barker is leading a team in the UK that is ‘reviving’ the foetal tissue procedure and in this interview he discusses the prospects for foetal and stem cell therapies.

With a history going back to the early 1980s, attempting to repair the brain by transplanting neural tissue derived from aborted foetuses or stem cells into the brain of a person living with Parkinson’s has always been a controversial topic.

The aim of the Portland Countdown series is to give listeners new perspectives on the latest advances in Parkinson’s research and treatment.

The shows, developed by the World Parkinson Coalition, are aired online on the first Tuesday of every month from June 2015 to September 2016 – when the 4th World Parkinson Congress takes place in Portland, Oregon, US. The podcasts are free and available for download.


The full schedule of show topics and guest speaker profiles is available here

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