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The quest to find a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Mentored by a Madman: The William Burroughs experiment

Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Lecture Edinburgh

Date: Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
9 Queen Street


The author of 'Naked Lunch' and 'Junkie', William Burroughs might not seem like the natural inspiration in the search for a treatment for Parkinson's disease, but his influence in the research of Professor Andrew Lees has proved fruitful. With the philosophy of Burroughs guiding him, Professor Lees has explored the Amazonian rainforest in search of cures, using methods of self-experimentation of which the experimental writer would surely have approved. Professor Lees has achieved international recognition for his work in Parkinson's disease and abnormal movement disorders, but he also is a strong advocate of more imagination in medical research and shaking up the established system.

This lecture has been arranged and funded by the Edinburgh Branch of Parkinson’s UK, the Lothian Parkinson’s Service Advisory Group, the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine and the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh.

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This event begins at 7.15pm and ends at 9pm.

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This event is free but you must book a ticket in order to be admitted. You can register for this lecture here on Eventbrite.

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Iain Milne


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As a listed building, the College has restricted disabled access. A wheelchair lift is provided at the rear of the College giving access to the Conference Centre and the main historic rooms, but not all of the smaller rooms used for educational events. For further information and assistance please contact the RCPE Co-ordinator responsible for the event.

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