From 2nd to 4th March 2023, the AMRG celebrated all things “Neuroscience” at the Bristol Neuroscience Festival.
Armed with our interactive model brain, we spoke with the public about Parkinson’s, how it affects the brain, and how our research is helping to empower people with Parkinson’s. It was wonderful to talk with so many different people, from primary school children to older people. Many people we spoke to knew someone with Parkinson’s and we enjoyed listening to their thoughts and opinions on our research.
We also brought along our skeleton to explain why people with Parkinson’s are at higher risk of having falling, and what this could mean for someone’s quality of life. Falls are a common complication of Parkinson’s which can cause serious injury and hospitalisation and dramatically reduce a person’s quality of life. It was fantastic to engage with school students and test their knowledge about which bones are at highest risk of fracturing in the older population.
One of the highlights of the festival was reading through the messages left on our “leaf a message” tree. We had some wonderful messages left by both adults and children. These have served as a reminder of why our research is so important and has given an extra morale boost to the team!