Movement Disorders Research Team
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.
Dr Catherine Morgan
Cathy is a neurology specialty registrar who has stepped off the training scheme in Severn Deanery temporarily to undertake clinical research with Dr Alan Whone. The observational pilot study that she is planning is looking at how to use technology, specifically the technology incorporated in the SPHERE house (Sensor Platform for HEalthcare in a Residential Environment) in Bristol, to produce outcome measurements in Parkinson’s disease
Dr Michal Rolinski BA (Hons) BM BCh DPhil MRCP
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.
Louise Gethin : Research Nurse
Louise celebrated 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.
Jeanette Brook : Research Nurse
Jeanette joined the Neurosciences department in 2005 working as a registered nurse on the Neurosurgical wards at Frenchay Hospital. She became interested in Research and joined the GDNF study in 2014, a double blind study involving patients with Parkinson’s.
In 2016, she joined the surgical movement disorder team specializing in Deep Brain Stimulation and is currently helping to set up a research study in order to trial a novel type of Deep Brain Stimulator.
Dominika Kruszynska : Research Administrator
Dominika is Research Administrator at the Brain Centre. Dominika completed her degree from Catholic University of Lublin in 2007 and joined the Movement Disorders Team at the Brain Centre at Southmead Hospital in 2018. She supports the team to ensure these studies are successfully initiated in a timely manner, recruit to time and target and are organised, managed and delivered to a high standard.