Antonina Kouli

Antonina Kouli

University position

PhD student
Supervised by Prof. Roger Barker

Departments

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Institutes

Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair

Email

ak950@cam.ac.uk

Home page

http://thebarkerlab.co.uk/

Research Themes

Clinical and Veterinary Neuroscience

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

Interests

PD is neuropathologically characterised by alpha-synuclein inclusions in neuronal cell bodies (Lewy bodies). Although it is primarily a movement disorder, almost half of the patients also develop dementia within 10 years from diagnosis. Cortical LB pathology and tau tangles are thought to underlie PD dementia, but other mechanisms may contribute.

We hypothesize that inflammatory change begins early in the disease and spreads throughout the brain as a ‘leading front’ in advance of Lewy body and neurofibrillary tangle formation. This inflammation, which occurs in response to pathological extracellular oligomeric proteins and early cell damage, catalyses the neurodegenerative process and is a better correlate of clinical outcome than either the Lewy body or Alzheimer-type pathology. This has important implications for disease-modifying therapies for this devastating complication of PD.

Research Focus

Keywords

Parkinson's disease

Neuroinflammation

tau

a-synuclein

microglia

Clinical conditions

Parkinson's disease

Equipment

Cross-sectional and cohort studies

Fluorescence microscopy

Immunohistochemistry

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing

Positron Emission Tomography (PET)

Collaborators

No collaborators listed

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