The gastrointestinal complications of Parkinson's Disease
Dr Shanti Diwakarla
Parkinson’s Disease causes losses in neural control in the digestive system as well as defects in the central nervous system. Loss of neural control of digestive function commonly occurs before central changes are detected.
About 70% of people with Parkinson’s Disease have digestive problems, most commonly constipation. Importantly for understanding the genesis of Parkinson’s Disease, the digestive disorders commonly precede the motor dysfunction. The constipation could arise from disorders in the central nervous system or from disorders in the enteric nervous system.
In this project, mice with a human mutation that gives rise to Parkinson’s Disease (in both humans and mice) and mice and rats with chemically-induced Parkinson’s Disease will be used.
Physiological, pharmacological and structural approaches will be used to investigate whether central or enteric pathways are involved.
Dr Shanti Diwakarla, Project Leader/Supervisor
Dr Rachel McQuade
Professor John Furness
Dr Ruslan Pustovit
Madeleine Di Natale
Xin Yi Chai
Dr David Finkelstein
Dr Vicki Lawson
This research project is available to PhD, Masters by Research, Honours, Master of Biomedical Science, Post Doctor Research students to join as part of their thesis.
Please contact the Research Group Leader to discuss your options.
Ellett, LJ, Hung, LW, Munckton, R, Sherratt, NA, Culvenor, J, Grubman, A, Furness, JB, White, AR, Finkelstein, DI, Barnham, KJ, Lawson, VA: Restoration of gastrointestinal function in an MPTP model of Parkinson’s Disease. Scientific Reports (2016).
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