Prof George Mellick
Identification of Parkinson's disease genes in Queensland families showing patterns of Mendelian inheritance.
National Health and Medical Research Council
In rare cases, Parkinson’s disease can be inherited through the generations of a family and it is possible to identify genetic changes that lead to this type of disease. This project aims to use new genetic sequencing technologies in several Australian families with inherited PD to find new genes that cause disease. This research will not only help these families but will teach us more about the reasons brain cells degenerate in this condition and other similar age-related brain diseases.