Susan Duty

Susan Duty


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Research interests

The main focus of work in my research group is in identifying new targets for improving the treatment of Parkinson's disease. Targets of especial interest include metabotropic glutamate receptors which are present in key regions of the basal ganglia circuitry where they work to regulate neurotransmitter release from overactive pathways. Such targets may offer an alternative route to symptom relief and neuroprotection in this debilitating disease. We are also interested in finding ways to encourage repair of the damaged nigrostriatal tract. Current targets of interest in this capacity are growth factors like FGF20 and we are currently examining ways in which to boost brain levels of FGF20 in order to provide protection and repair to dopaminergic neurones in Parkinson's. We use a range of molecular, cellular and whole system approaches to address these issues.

Research interests

New strategies for improving the treatment of Parkinson's disease.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jan 1990

Bachelor of Science, University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Jan 1987


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