Yearly Archives: 2011

The LARGE PD Study Team

A few months back, Dr. James Beck, PDF’s Director of Research Programs attended the annual Movement Disorder Society annual meeting. Among the many scientific sessions and meetings, was a gathering of the team behind LARGE- PD, the Latin American Research Consortium on the Genetics of Parkinson’s Disease. Just today that team sent us a photo of that meeting – where they discussed their investigations into Parkinson’s and genetics in Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Uruguay. They are led in these efforts by Cyrus Zabetian, M.D., M.S., of the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. Learn more about this study

A Real Pro: Lenny Zwick’s Pro-Am Raises $55,000

From the sounds of laughter and the jokes among golfers at the Fifth Annual Zwick Pro-Am last Wednesday, it became immediately apparent to any observer that Lenny Zwick had left behind an inspiring legacy. Held at the Farms Country Club in Wallingford, CT, the Pro-Am benefited PDF’s research programs with more than $55,000 and honored the late Mr. Zwick, who lived with Parkinson’s for 25 years. Photo credit: http://farmsccsuperintendent.blogspot.com The crowd included more than one hundred of the friends, family and fellow club members who knew him well. Club pro and close family friend, Jim Hanlon served as the master… read more Read More

Thank You, Brilliant Challenge Raises $400,000

The Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is very excited to announce that it has raised $400,000 through the Irving G. Brilliant Parkinson’s Research Challenge, all of which will be directed towards Parkinson’s research programs. It was only because of your support – our donors and friends to whom the fight against Parkinson’s is a priority – that we were able to surpass our original goal. How did we do it? Here’s our story behind the challenge. March, The Challenge Begins!As you may remember, on March 30, PDF announced the launch of the challenge, by Mr. Brilliant, a businessman from Brooklyn, New… read more Read More

Light of Day Foundation Donates $60,000, Irving G. Brilliant Doubles Challenge

Bob Benjamin, a leader in Parkinson’s fundraising and head of the Light of Day Foundation, contacted PDF this week to let us know that the foundation is donating $60,000 this month – raised from its Light of Day Concerts – to the Irving G. Brilliant Parkinson’s Research Challenge. While this brought PDF well past its initial goal of $100,000 (all of which Mr. Brilliant promised to match), the news got even better. Upon hearing about Mr. Benjamin’s gift, Mr. Brilliant DOUBLED his challenge. If PDF reaches $200,000 by Thursday, June 30, Mr. Brilliant will match every single gift to benefit… read more Read More

Notes from AAN 2011, Part II: Which Doctors Treat Parkinson’s?

From James Beck, Ph.D., Director of Research Programs As mentioned last week, this year the American Academy of Neurology held its annual convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, attracting nearly 7,000 neurologists and neuroscientists. I wanted to provide you with an update of interesting and new developments that were presented at the meeting last week, in particular, three studies which discussed whom people with living with Parkinson’s disease see for their care. #1-The first was a health economics presented by Marcy Tarrants, Ph.D., of Teva Neuroscience and her colleagues (presentation P01.087). This group examined the records of newly-filled prescriptions for people diagnosed… read more Read More

Notes from AAN 2011 Part I: PDF News

This week the researchers and clinicians who treat Parkinson’s and a host of other neurological diseases are gathering at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology in Hawaii. Here they will share new information on the science and care of Parkinson’s. PDF’s Director of Research Programs, James Beck, Ph.D., is on the ground in Hawaii and has been sending us some updates on some of the happenings at this meeting. Here are some PDF-related highlights he has sent along: First, AAN accepted a submission from PDF as part of its competitive poster session, which Dr. Beck has shown… read more Read More