The Psychology Newsletter for Spring 2013 (.PDF, 690 KB) covers updates for the Science IV and V Buildings, profiles some of our faculty and alumni (both Graduate & Undergraduate), and highlights our Honors students and awards winners from 2012.
Bishop, assistant professor of psychology, has received $1.33 million from the NIH to support Parkinson’s research that will focus not only on the treatment of the disease, but also the side effects of treatment.
Parkinson’s is an increasingly urgent medical concern, says Bishop. Roughly 1 million people in the United States have Parkinson’s; 50,000 more Americans are diagnosed with each year. “That’s only going to increase as our population ages,” Bishop says. “This is not something that’s going away.”
Bishop and his colleagues at Wayne State University’s medical school and the Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago hope to find a way to reduce dyskinesia – abnormal, involuntary movements that may be caused by the drugs used to treat Parkinson’s. There are very few treatments available, in part because how dyskinesia develops is still a mystery. “We are beginning to believe that dyskinesia is actually the inability to suppress motor memories as a result of the drug’s stimulation,” Bishop says.
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