News: a NUI Galway film about people living with with Parkinson's disease has won a New York film festival award

Feats Of Modest Valour is an award-winning documentary chronicling the lives of three people managing the physical reality of living with Parkinson’s disease. Produced by CÚRAM, the Centre for Research in Medical Devices at NUI Galway and directed by Mia Mullarkey and Alice McDowell for Ishka Films, it won the Scientist Award at the Imagine Science Film Festival in New York for portraying the life of a scientist in an accurate and inventive way. 

The film features Co Mayo farmer Brian Carney, Croatian second World War survivor Milena Lulic and Irish actor Tom Hickey talking about how they deal with the disease. We also meet researchers from CÚRAM, led by Dr Eilís Dowd, working on a therapeutic approach which they hope will revolutionise treatment of the condition. This is done by delving into the brain of someone with Parkinson’s disease and showing how dying cells can be replaced by stem cells supported by a natural biomaterial scaffold. 

"This is a film about science and medicine, about scientists and patients, about art and music, but most of all, about hope", explained Dr Dowd. "It was a genuine privilege to work on this project with such talented filmmakers and such inspirational patients."