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Our team visited Templars Square shopping centre on Wednesday the 21st November 2023.

Two members of the public chatting to researchers at an information stand in a shopping centre

Preventive Neurology

Preventive Neurology is a research area within the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, NIHR Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC). The Biomedical Research Centre is a collaboration between the Univerity and the NHS aimed at translating basic research into the clinic. 

The Preventive Neurology reseach area is co-chaired by Professor Kevin Talbot, Head of the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences and Professor Michele Hu, co-director of the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre.

Engaging with people in the shopping centre’

Our team visited Templars Square shopping centre between 9.00 and 2.30 on Wednesday the 21st November 2023. We had a premium location next to the CO-OP with two tables and a poster board.

The theme of the day was Parkinson’s disease, stroke, dementia, and delirium. The event was supported by Nicholas Irving, Louise Silver, Mary Sneade, Ludo van Hillegondsberg, Adriana Nastasa, and Karolien Groenewald.

The event featured information on how people could get involved in research, information for patients, carers, and interested parties and general information about the work of the Preventive Neurology research theme and the BRC at large.

 Practical demonstrations included blood pressure monitoring, reaction times, and remote monitoring using sleep wearables and assessing olfactory the loss of sensation of smell (anosmia) an early symptom of Parkinson’s disease.

The event was a success and a number of people took information on enrolling in Stroke and Cerebrovascular dementia studies. The practical demonstrations proved very popular, in particular the Sniffin’ sticks used to assess anosmia.

We hope to repeat the event in the future with a wider range of research groups represented, in addition to the annual BRC open day.

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