Oxford Brookes academic discusses pioneering Parkinson’s research on BBC Breakfast

Monday, 14 January 2019

India Row

Shelly Coe, Lecturer in Nutrition at Oxford Brookes, was interviewed on BBC Breakfast this morning (14 January 2019) to talk about the University’s research with those taking part in the Indian Ocean Row 2018.

Shelly appeared alongside Robin Buttery, one of the team who completed the row. The two spoke about the row’s challenges, triumphs and the game-changing research on Parkinson’s Disease that has come out of it. Their appearance is available to watch again here (approx 2 hours, 42 mins).

A more in depth look at the row appeared on Inside Out on BBC East Midlands on Monday 14 January, which will be available on BBC iPlayer here.

You can also watch a short video about the row below.

A bit more about the row...

From July to September 2018, Oxford Brookes researchers worked with Indian Ocean Row 2018, a team of four men who spent 65 days rowing across the Indian Ocean.

The row took place to raise awareness and funds for Young Onset Parkinson’s Disease. The crew wanted to improve and build the support network for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a young age, while promoting the benefits of exercise and healthy living as a way of improving the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. 

The Centre for Movement, Occupational and Rehabilitation Sciences (MOReS), based at Oxford Brookes University, supported the team and are performing research on the data gathered from this unique row.

One team member, Robin Buttery was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2015 and is helping the team from the Centre to explore factors affecting optimal human performance in health and disease and to investigate how people cope with the prolonged physical and mental stresses of Ocean Rowing.

The MOReS team collected data on motor skill changes, alongside physiological and emotional responses. In addition, data was collected on diet, wellness and symptoms to see how these are affected by the challenge. They also advised on the food choices taken on the row, in order to ensure proper nutrition is attained.

Information gathered throughout this research partnership will help inform research exploring how best to approach exercise and activity for people with Parkinson’s; for example, how to manage medication and nutrition in order to optimise their performance, health and wellbeing.

Further information on MOReS can be found on their dedicated webpages. More info on the row can be found on its fundraising page.