'TED' Talks

'TED' Talks

As part of Kent Giving Week 2022 we hosted 'TED' Talks; five short, interesting and inspiring talks on around the topic of Parkinson's helping to raise funds and awareness for the Parkinson's Centre for Integrated Therapy. Please click the video below to catch up if you missed it...

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'TED' Talks

Catch up on 'TED' Talks from Kent Giving Week 2022.

Programme

Kim Dargan will be discussing the effects of hydrogen gas inhalation on symptoms and biomarkers in people with Parkinson’s. To date, there are only two papers which have been published assessing how hydrogen gas inhalation impacts on people with Parkinson’s, and there have been opposing findings. Kim will talk about why there could be different findings.   

Mark Colley will be discussing a unique nonpharmacological therapy which he hopes to introduce to the profession of physiotherapy, namely Enhanced Sensory Relaxation Therapy (ESRT). 

The therapy involves a patient laying in a dark, sound-proofed room devoid of nearly all external sensory stimuli. The therapy aims to improve the connection with our heartbeat and breathing and in turn reduce anxiety and depression.  

Mark plans to conduct a pilot study with researchers at the University of Kent. The study will test whether the new ESRT technique can improve wellbeing amongst people with Parkinson’s disease. If successful, then ESRT could become an available therapy at the Parkinson's Centre for Integrated Therapy. 

Strolll are proud to say they are developing the world’s first software application for augmented reality glasses to help those with Parkinson’s.  

We already know through research, exercise is imperative in helping slow the progression of the disease. Strolll are building software to assist with movement, which will include library of multi-sensory cueing and activities, which can be tailored to the individual.  

Ultimately, their aim is to develop a product to help improve gait, balance, reduce risk of falls whilst regaining independence and confidence. 

"When I heard the words “I’ve got bad news and good news”, my heart sank. “The bad news is that you have Parkinson’s Disease. The good news is that it will not shorten your life.” I was faced with a choice…". Dario Bucceri speaks about how his diagnosis of Parkinson's disease changed the way he viewed the world, for the better.  

   

Dr Sakel will explain what Parkinson’s is and how it affects the brain and everyday activities amongst those living with the condition. Dr Sakel will also explore how different therapies including medication, physical exercise and neurostimulation therapies can help people to live well with Parkinson’s for longer.

Speakers

Kim Dargan

Kim graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Human Sciences in 2007, and then studied for a Royal College of Surgeons (Eng.) Diploma in Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy at King’s College London Dental Institute. While working in general dental practice, Kim studied for an MSc at the University of Kent in Sport Science for Optimal Performance. Kim left dentistry in 2021 to pursue a PhD investigating the effects of hydroxy gas inhalation on symptoms and biomarkers in people with Parkinson’s.   

Mark Colley

Prior to retiring from a 30-year career in the London Fire Brigade, Mark embarked on an academic journey. A degree in psychology from the University of Greenwich was followed immediately by a degree in physiotherapy at the University of East London. Mark entered directly into his own private practice, and has always been aware of the importance of the mind-body connection. He feels that understanding and treating symptoms such as stress and anxiety are as important as treatment the patients presenting condition. 

Michelle Elliott

Michelle is Head of Business Development & Strategic Partnerships at Strolll. Michelle’s mum and Aunty both have Parkinson's. Michelle is hugely passionate about Strolll and the impact we can have on the world.  

Ben Wain

Ben Wain is Clinical Director at Strolll. Ben has over 17 years’ experience working as a Neurophysiotherapist in both the NHS and private sector. Ben is excited to be part of the Strolll leadership team working to deliver new technology for Parkinson’s treatment.    

Dario Bucceri

Dario Bucceri has not only learnt to live with Parkinson's but used his diagnosis to push himself to the limit and train for his goal of running an ultra-marathon for a second time. When diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2019, Dario was devastated. He decided to take on Parkinson's with what he knew best - a positive mindset and a return to long-distance running.  

He is on a mission to inspire as many people as possible to live their best lives.  

Mohamed Sakel

Mohamed Sakel FRCP is the Director and Consultant Physician in Neurorehabilitation at East Kent Hospitals University National Health Service Foundation Trust. At his inpatient unit, Dr Sakel supports a range of cases including patients living with brain injury, multiple sclerosis, neuropathies, cerebral palsy, spinal injuries, complex stroke, Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinsonism. He has extensive clinical expertise in improving the quality of life in people with neurodisability.