Dr Alan Whone is Senior Lecturer in Movement Disorders at the University of Bristol and Consultant Neurologist to Frenchay Hospital, Bristol. Prior to training in neurology in the South West, Alan undertook a PhD in Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders at the Cyclotron Unit, Hammersmith Hospital, London, with Professor D J Brooks. Presently, Alan runs a regional movement disorders clinic at Frenchaywhere a significant part of his clinical role is to support the functional neurosurgery for movement disorders programme. His current research programme includes clinical investigations of novel target regions for DBS in PD (the pedunculopontinenucleus) and growth factor infusions (GDNF) in PD, both of which he is investigating with Professor Stephen Gill. Alan also runs non surgical clinical investigations into cognitive and axial complications in PD and oversees preclinical (lab based) investigations into novel neuroprotective approaches, including assessing the potential utility of bone marrow stromalcells as a cell based therapy in Parkinson’s disease.