Antonina Kouli

Dr Antonina Kouli


Antonina is a neuroscientist interested in the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis and progression of Parkinson’s disease and its associated dementia.

Antonina Kouli

Antonina is a Research Associate in the laboratory of Dr Caroline Williams-Gray at the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair in Cambridge and her research is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC). She completed her PhD in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge in 2019, under the joint supervision of Prof Roger Barker and Dr Caroline Williams-Gray. Antonina’s PhD was funded by the Onassis Scholarship for Hellenes from the Onassis Foundation in Greece and the Alborada Studentship from Wolfson College in Cambridge. Before coming to Cambridge, Antonina completed her MSc Neuroscience degree at University College London graduating with Distinction. Her BSc degree was in Biology at the University of Patras in Greece. Antonina is a member of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies (FENS), the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society (MDS), and the Cambridge Philosophical Society.

Antonina’s research aims at better understanding the role of the immune system in Parkinson’s disease and its associated dementia. Whilst Parkinson’s is primarily a movement disorder, about 50% of the patients also develop dementia which has a profound impact on their quality of life. Currently, it is not fully understood why some patients experience mainly movement-related symptoms, while others also suffer from memory decline. Antonina aims to determine whether increased inflammation could be driving the development of dementia in Parkinson’s disease.

Her research consists of three projects:

(i)    Neuropathological investigation of postmortem brain tissue from Parkinson’s patients with and without dementia, as well as from neurologically healthy individuals.

(ii)    Analysis of immune-related biomarkers in the blood and cerebrospinal fluid of newly-diagnosed Parkinson's patients and healthy individuals.

(iii)    Longitudinal PET/MRI brain imaging with the radioligands 11C-PK11195 (marker of activated microglia) and 18F-AV1451 (marker of abnormal tau protein accumulation) in newly-diagnosed Parkinson's patients and healthy individuals.

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Festival of Wellbeing: Mindful Garden Tour

06/07/2022 at 14.00

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