Movement Disorders Research Team
Dr Michal Rolinski BA (Hons) BM BCh DPhil MRCP is NIHR Academic Clinical Lecturer in Neurology at Southmead Hospital
Michal completed his medical training and DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences in Oxford, before moving to Bristol to undertake his Neurology training in 2015.
He took up his current position in July 2017. Areas of research interest: Parkinson's disease, REM sleep behaviour disorder, Neuroimaging
Harry's research aims to develop biomarkers that allow the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease in its earliest stages, before the onset of motor symptoms. Neurodegeneration in the substantia nigra starts many years before motor symptoms emerge and the final diagnosis of Parkinson’s can be made. Identification of patients in the early, prodromal, stage would provide insight into the earliest pathological pathways and open the door to the targeted use of novel neuroprotective agents.
To date, Harry’s work has focused on patients with REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD). Whilst independently a source of significant morbidity, RBD is also the strongest predictor of future risk of Parkinson’s disease. Better understanding of RBD, and its link to Parkinson’s disease, may open new diagnostic and therapeutic opportunities. In 2015, Harry was awarded a Young Investigator Award from the World Association of Sleep Medicine and Parkinson Non-motor Study group for his work in the field.
Harry works with the Stroke Research Group at the University of Bristol, exploring the role of imaging and machine learning algorithms in predicting patient outcome after mechanical thrombectomy.
Dr Konrad Szewczyk-Krolikowski is a Consultant Neurologist at Southmead Hospital,
He completed his specialty training in Plymouth and Exeter and did a DPhil degree on functional imaging changes in Parkinson’s Disease in Oxford.
He took up his current position at Southmead in September 2016. His main interest is Movement Disorders, particularly Parkinsonism, Dystonia’s, including treatment with botulinum toxin injections and deep brain stimulation.
Louise Gethin : Research Nurse
Louise celebrates 30 years on the Nursing and Midwifery Council Register in 2018.
She has been working as a research nurse since 2013. During this time, she has worked on studies involving people with Parkinson’s, Huntington’s and Dementia. In 2016, she undertook a secondment with Bristol Community Health as the Parkinson’s Nurse.