Edmond J. Safra Memorial Lecture 2017

This year’s Edmond J. Safra Memorial Lecture once again showcased the frontline advances being made in the diagnosis, treatment and care of Parkinson’s Disease. 2017 is an important year for Parkinson’s research as it marks the 200th anniversary of James Parkinson’s, ‘An Essay on the Shaking Palsy’. Since 1817, researchers have attempted to understand the complexity and impact of this disease. This year, our panel demonstrated just how far we have come.

Chaired by Professor Sir Robert Lechler FKC; Professor Ray Chaudhuri, Dr Marios Politis, Professor Dag Aarsland, Barbara Thompson and Jon Hiseman provided a unique perspective on this complex and far reaching disease. The panel reflected on the modern day approach to Parkinson’s research and the frontline advances being made in personalised medicine. With this combination of scientific knowledge and first-hand insight, the conversation covered the diverse areas of patient experience, personalised treatment and novel drugs.

The evening provided guests with an opportunity to learn more about the exciting work King’s is leading in Neuroscience and Mental Health. With an array of posters on display in the reception, guests read about research in areas from visual hallucinations in Parkinson’s and outcomes in Dementia with Lewy bodies, to excessive daytime sleepiness in Parkinson’s disease, among many others.

We would like to thank the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation for their ongoing and generous support of King’s College London which allows this important work to take place.