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St Andrews academic to test treatments for Parkinson's

St Andrews academic to test treatments for Parkinson's
4th February 2009

An academic from the University of St Andrews is to look into the effectiveness of new therapeutic methods to treat Parkinson's disease.

Professor Philip Winn, from the School of Psychology, has received a grant of the Medical Research Council to try out new treatments and look for new brain targets for deep brain stimulation.

"This new research is aimed at understanding the physiological mechanisms of deep brain stimulation. It is a unique opportunity to integrate basic and clinical science," explained Professor Winn.

He added that the brain stimulation method is particularly useful for cases of Parkinson's where drugs are not making as much of an impact as would normally be the case.

A total of 1.3 million euro (£1.17 million) has been given to a team that will involve other professionals besides Professor Winn, from areas such as Germany and France, among other regions of Europe.

St Andrews was the first university in Scotland and is the third-oldest in the English-speaking world.

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