Image of Professor James Rowe in conversation with Rory Cellan-Jones

Concert for dementia and Parkinson’s research at Jesus College

Jesus College recently hosted a concert for dementia and Parkinson’s disease research at the University of Cambridge, led by Professor Matt Lambon-Ralph, Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. The event highlighted the current understanding of and research into treating dementia and Parkinson’s disease, with musical interludes providing space for calm reflection.

Professor Lambon-Ralph opened the evening with a warm welcome, encouraging the audience to consider the experience of dementia and Parkinson’s by outlining the symptoms of the diseases.

At the heart of the evening's event was a conversation between Professor James Rowe, Director of the Cambridge Centre for Frontotemporal Dementia and Related Disorders, and Jesuan Rory Cellan-Jones, former BBC technology correspondent turned Parkinson's advocate (pictured). Professor Rowe's expertise provided attendees with a glimpse into the complexities of dementia research, outlining the current treatments for the diseases and providing hope for future interventions. Rory's deeply personal account of his journey with Parkinson's disease underscored the importance of compassion and understanding within the community.

Renowned pianist Colin Stone provided masterful performances to accompany the event, adding depth to the discussions. His melodic interludes served as a moving backdrop, encouraging moments of introspection and reflection among attendees.

As the evening drew to a close, Professor Lambon-Ralph expressed gratitude to all participants for their contributions, fostering connections during a drinks reception.

The Dementia and Parkinson's Research Event showcased the power of collective inquiry and shared experience in advancing our understanding of neurological conditions. Through dialogue, music, and personal reflection, attendees were reminded of the significance of empathy, resilience, and collaboration in addressing the challenges posed by dementia and Parkinson's disease.

You can view photos of this event here.

The College is most grateful to Professor James Rowe, Rory Cellan-Jones and Colin Stone for their support with this event.