As part of its mission to disseminate information about the progress of neuroscience research, Neuroschool attaches great importance to the dissemination of knowledge within the scientific community and to the general public.
Thus, every year, we open a call for projects to help finance scientific events taking place in Provence. In 2019, we notably co-financed one of the practical training courses organized by the association Tous Chercheurs.
Because a person fights his/her disease better when he/she knows it, understands it and is aware of research advances in the field, Tous Chercheurs has made health education one of its priorities. To this end, it regularly organizes three-day practical courses for associations of patients suffering from chronic diseases.
A practical training course to understand Parkinson’s disease
From September 10 to 12, 2019, Tous Chercheurs organized its third course on Parkinson’s disease. During these courses, people concerned by Parkinson’s disease (patients and caregivers) carry out small laboratory experiments to understand basic neurobiology, the mechanisms at the origin of the disease and the techniques used to study it.
Each day alternates periods of experimentation with periods of reflection and discussion with supervisors. Trainees also meet with researchers in the field, as well as a medical researcher specialized in the disease, so that they can understand how the researchers work, the research timeline, ongoing clinical trials and ask any questions they may have that they do not have the opportunity to ask during medical visits.