Podcast Episode 114: Gene-Based Therapies for Parkinson’s Disease

PD Library thumbnail

Gene-based therapies for Parkinson’s disease, while still in the developmental stage, are under active investigation. For this potential therapy, genes are engineered in a laboratory and then injected into specific parts of the brain. The genes may function either to induce cells in the brain to produce dopamine, or to code for the production of enzymes that then lead to the production of dopamine.

This episode is the second part of our conversation with Dr. Roger Barker, Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. In our previous podcast with him, he discussed cell therapy for Parkinson’s. Here, he explains what gene-based therapy is, plans for the execution of the treatments, what symptoms they are aimed at, where the field currently stands, and how it compares to developments in cell-based therapies. As the field is still in the experimental stages, he again offers advice to people with Parkinson’s who are considering entering a clinical trial of gene-based or cell-based therapy and what they may expect in terms of symptom management and disease progression.

Download This Episode

Related Resources

About This Episode

Released: October 5, 2021

Headshot of Roger BarkerRoger Barker, BA, MBBS, MRCP, PhD

Roger Barker, BA, MBBS, MRCP, PhD is the Professor of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge and Consultant Neurologist at the Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cambridge. He is a PI in the MRC-Wellcome Stem Cell Institute in Cambridge and Director of the MRC funded UKRMP Stem and Engineered cell hub.  

His research seeks to better define the clinical heterogeneity of two common neurodegenerative disorders of the CNS- namely Parkinson’s (PD) and Huntington’s disease (HD). This has helped him define the best way by which to take new therapies into the clinic including novel experimental therapeutics such as cell and gene therapies. 

Want More?

Don't forget to subscribe! There are many ways to listen: Apple PodcastsGoogle PlayTuneIn (Amazon Echo), Spotify or RSS Feed. (Need help subscribing? See our quick guide.)

For all of our Substantial Matters podcast episodes, visit parkinson.org/podcast.


Sign Up for Our E-Newsletter

Get the latest news about PD research, resources and community initiatives – straight to your inbox.

Please enter a valid email

Skip step

Invalid year format. Eg: 2020
Skip step
Zip code is required for chapter communications
Skip step

*Please note that not all content is available in both languages. If you are interested in receiving Spanish communications, we recommend selecting “both" to stay best informed on the Foundation's work and the latest in PD news.

Skip step

Thanks for Signing Up

We are proud to have you as a part of our community. To ensure you receive the latest Parkinson’s news, research updates and more, please check your email for a message from us. If you do not see our email, it may be in your spam folder. Just mark as “not spam” and you should receive our emails as expected.

mail icon

Subscribe here to get the latest news on treatments, research and other updates.