Aussie cellular genomics expertise targets PD

Associate Professor Joseph Powell is Director of the Garvan-Weizmann Centre for Cellular Genomics at the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and deputy director of the Cellular Genomics Futures Institute at the University of New South Wales. He is co-investigator on a new international project aiming to define the cellular and molecular determinants of variable genetic penetrance in Parkinson disease.

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Can you sum up the scope of this ambitious project? There are no current treatments for the causes of Parkinson’s, in part because we have a poor understanding of how and why the disease develops. Our research will investigate how gene variants that can predispose an individual to Parkinson’s and the ‘second hit’ risk factors ...

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