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Mitochondrial dysfunction and Parkinson’s

Ask The Expert Online Session via Zoom (map)

Tue 28th Sep 2021, 5:30pm to 6:30pm (1 hour)

Mitochondria are tiny structures within our cells that provide us with the chemical energy that keeps us alive. So what happens when they are damaged?

Join this presentation by Assoc. Prof. Michael Lazarou from Monash University as he discusses his post-doctoral research on mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson’s.

A. Prof. Michael Lazarou’s research is focused on autophagy and mitochondrial quality control in health and disease. He was awarded his PhD in 2008 from La Trobe University studying the assembly of energy generating machines in mitochondria and their defects in human disease. In 2010, Michael conducted his post-doctoral research studies at the National Institutes of Health (USA), where he worked on mitochondrial dysfunction in Parkinson’s disease. His research focused on the role of the Parkinson’s disease proteins PINK1 and Parkin in maintaining mitochondrial health via mitophagy. 

The work led to Michael receiving the 2013 ASBMB Boomerang Award and in 2014/2015 he returned to Australia to establish his lab in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Monash University. Michael has been the recipient of an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2017-2020) and currently heads the Autophagy and Mitochondrial Quality Control laboratory at Monash where he is the Deputy Head (Strategy) of the Monash Biomedicine Institute Neuroscience program.

This is the fourth presentation of the special five-part Ask the Expert series focussing on research and clinical science.

This series was designed to showcase some of the interesting and promising research into Parkinson's being carried out right here in Victoria that will help us to better understand the symptoms, treatment options and ways to improve self-management of symptoms.

Learn more about other sessions in the Research Focus series.

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