Can licorice extract provide protection against Parkinson’s disease?

University of Aberdeen

Past award

Student: Katrina Wallen : University of Aberdeen

Year Award Started: 2012

Parkinson’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disorder affecting more than 10,000 people each year in the
UK. Major symptoms as tremor, muscle stiffness, and paucity of voluntary movements, are due to the loss of
specific brain cells necessary for normal motor function and it remains unknown why these neurons die and lead
finally to Parkinson’s disease. We want to establish how we can protect these brain cells and thus prevent
Parkinson’s disease using a component from licorice, which has been shown to be capable of protecting cells and
the possible pathways involved.

Research area: Neurological conditions (including stroke)


Dr Peter Teismann
Medical Sciences