Site Twitter feeds

Site Twitter feeds

Thanks to Emma Yhnell from Cardiff and Simon Stott from Cambridge for allowing us to feature their vibrant and dynamic Twitter feeds on our NECTAR website.

Emma is a Huntington’s disease researcher who has been actively involved in public engagement initiatives for many years. Simon is a Parkinson’s disease researcher who runs the informative “Science of Parkinson’s” website which provides plain English descriptions of the most up-to-date research being completed in Parkinson’s disease.

If you have a Twitter feed that you would like to see featured on this website, please let the current NECTAR President (Eilís Dowd) know.

Tom Isaacs EJN Special Issue

Tom Isaacs EJN Special Issue

 

The European Journal of Neuroscience, NECTAR and the Cure Parkinson’s Trust will publish an EJN Special Issue dedicated to Tom Isaacs later this year.

Tom was the President and Co-Founder of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, he was also an enthusiastic supporter of NECTAR, and participated in the conferences in both 2014 (Galway, Ireland) and 2015 (Lund, Sweden).

The 2017 conference (Dublin, Ireland) was dedicated to Tom in which we played a special tribute entitled “Tom Isaacs: In His Own Words” by BBC documentary producer Jemima Harrison as well as David Sangster’s “A Perfect Day” tribute.

Tom was the President and Co-Founder of the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, he was also an enthusiastic supporter of NECTAR, and participated in the conferences in both 2014 (Galway, Ireland) and 2015 (Lund, Sweden).

The 2017 conference (Dublin, Ireland) was dedicated to Tom in which we played a special tribute entitled “Tom Isaacs: In His Own Words” by BBC documentary producer Jemima Harrison as well as David Sangster’s “A Perfect Day” tribute.

Tom’s obituary was published in The Times on Wednesday July 5th 2017, and his life was featured in BBC Radio 4’s Last Word show on Friday 14th July 2017.

Rest in peace Tom – you are sadly missed by all of us in the NECTAR community.

 

A Cell’s Life

A Cell’s Life

Check out this fantastic “A Cell’s Life” comic book by NECTAR Member Malin Parmar (Lund). In A Cell’s Life we meet Jojo – a skin cell who has always dreamed of becoming a neuron. Malin explains the science behind A Cell’s Life here.

A Cell’s Life is part of the ERC comics project ERCcOMICS which is a creative and ambitious project that exploits the power of visual storytelling to innovate the way European science is communicated. Several webcomics will be released over the coming years, promoting and explaining the achievements of ERC funded research projects.

 

Feats of Modest Valour

Feats of Modest Valour

In the Irish Parkinson’s disease film, Feats of Modest Valour, three individuals live clockwork existences, dictated by a strict regime of medication to manage the physical reality of living with their condition. Brian Carney is an Irish farmer whose son had to take over the running of the family farm from a very young age; Milena Lulic is a Croatian World War II survivor who faces her condition head-on with great dignity; and Tom Hickey, the Irish actor, talks about how suffering for his art takes on a whole new meaning with the disease.

Interwoven with their stories, we see researchers in Ireland, led by NECTAR and Neuroscience Ireland President, Dr Eilís Dowd, who are developing a novel therapeutic approach which they hope will revolutionise treatment of the condition. Guided by stunning animated sequences, the film delves into the brain of someone with Parkinson’s disease, and shows how dying cells can be replaced by dopamine neurons supported by a natural biomaterial scaffold.

In October 2017, Feats of Modest Valour won the prestigious Scientist Award and the runner-up People’s Choice Award at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. In December 2017, Feats of Modest Valour also won the Professional Documentary Award at Raw Science Film Festival in California.

The Scientist Award was given by the leading international science journal, Science, and its publisher, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The select jury included Nobel prize-winning scientist, Professor Martin Chalfe, and award-winning science columnist for the New York Times, Professor Carl Zimmer. The Scientist Award is presented by Science/AAAS to a film that portrays in an accurate and inventive way the life of a scientist. The goal of this award is to encourage more scientists to create films that let the audience into their minds, labs, and lifestyle.