Professor Barry Parsons
Professor Barry Parsons - Professor to the Sidney Linton Chair in Nutritional Bio-Chemistry
Barry is Professor of Biochemistry. His research interests are focussed on the roles of free radicals and reactive oxidative species (ROS) in biology and medicine. This is a relatively new area of research which has expanded rapidly within the last 20 years, during which time a substantial amount of evidence has accumulated for the participation of free radicals and ROS in many diseases. Barry is particularly interested in the role that species such as hydroxyl and carbonate radicals as well as ROS such as peroxynitrite play in inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis. His experimental work involves the biopolymer, hyaluronan and is conducted in collaboration with the University of Wales, the Research Council Laboratory at Daresbury, Warrington and the Heart Research Institute in Sydney, Australia.
His other ongoing projects include:
- The development of novel drug delivery systems based on telephonic water-soluble polymers (supported by EPSRC).
- The sterilisation of tissue allografts and also novel healthcare products.
- Drug phototoxicity and assessment of phototoxicity tests.
- Barry is the author of 110 peer-reviewed publications.
Barry's expertise is available for:
- Contract research
Examples of training, usually delivered in seminar/discussion mode include the following:
- Overview of the roles of free radicals and reactive oxidative species in biology and medicine.
- The role of natural and food antioxidants in the prevention of oxidative stress-related diseases.
- The underlying science of macro- and micro-nutrients.
- Mechanisms of drug phototoxicity.
- Drug phototoxicity testing.