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Honoring Women in Science Who are Working to #EndParkinsons

At PDF, a division of the Parkinson’s Foundation, we have dedicated more than $115 million to fund the work of leading scientists throughout the world. We are proud of the work that our scientists have done to advance our understanding of Parkinson’s and to improve lives worldwide. Today, during the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, we call special attention to the women scientists who are working to #EndParkinsons. Over the years, we have supported and collaborated with female pioneers in the field, many of whom are advancing Parkinson’s research. Here are a few of those stories.

Pesticides and Parkinson’s: Time to Strengthen Epidemiology

In December, two reports in the New York Times called attention to the potential link between paraquat, a strong pesticide, and Parkinson’s disease (PD). The pesticide, which has been previously linked to Parkinson’s, is banned in some countries including those where it is manufactured, but not in the US. What should people with Parkinson’s know about this news?

PDF Champions Go the Distance

Life can change dramatically after a Parkinson’s diagnosis.  As the disease progresses, it’s not uncommon for family members and friends to take on physical challenges to honor loved ones and support the cause. We are inspired by the athletes going the distance to #EndParkinsons! Hear from three PDF Champions, our grassroots fundraisers, about what motivates them to take on challenges for PD … and learn about spots on our running team in 2017!

A PD Partnership Profile: Alan and Cherry Zimmerman

During National Family Caregivers Month, we honor care partners to people with Parkinson’s. We thank them for their efforts to care for their loved ones and help PDF #EndParkinsons. This includes Cherry Zimmerman, care partner to her husband Alan who is a member of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council. They reside in Knoxville, TN. We sat down with them to understand more about their PD partnership and the needs of Parkinson’s care partners.

Care Partners: Make Your Vote Count

By Alan and Cherry Zimmerman Recently, we were asked through the PDF Community Choice Research awards to choose our top priority for Parkinson’s research. We chose caregiver needs. (See our photo at left, or a larger version here.) As you may know, PDF spends $5 million a year on research to solve, treat and end Parkinson’s disease. Through the Community Choice Research Awards, PDF asks the community to help identify other unmet needs not being addressed by research.

Honoring Veterans Helping to #EndParkinsons

This Veterans Day, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) honors veterans who have served our country, including those touched by Parkinson’s disease. In particular, we recognize the veterans on the PDF team who continue to serve the community by helping us to end Parkinson’s disease. Here are a few of their stories.