Blog Archives: Research

Letter from Leadership: My Take on PDF’s Strategic Plan

If you have read the cover article in the Fall 2015 issue of our newsletter, News & Review, you already know that PDF has created a strategic plan to strengthen and accelerate our fight to advance the cure, and care, of Parkinson’s disease. As I enter my 20th anniversary year as chief executive officer of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation, the new plan is both sobering and exciting.

You Asked & We’re Answering: Fatigue in PD

Why is it important to solve fatigue in PD? First, it is a debilitating symptom experienced by many people with PD; yet it is difficult to diagnose and treat. Perhaps more importantly, it is a symptom that people with PD and care partners told PDF was important when voting in the first Community Choice Research Awards survey. This past October, I was pleased to lead a PDF Conference on Fatigue in PD in Chicago, IL. Because this meeting and subsequent research were inspired by the community, my colleagues and I feel it is important to let you know what happened… read more Read More

Unmasking Nonmotor Symptoms of PD: Visiting Nurse Notes with Dr. Susan LaRocco

Do you wish your health team understood the impact of your “invisible” symptoms — the ones that we cannot see, such as fatigue, sleep disturbances and pain?  Susan LaRocco, Ph.D., of Curry College, an alumna of The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Program (EJS-VNF) at PDF, is helping to make that happen. In 2012, Dr. LaRocco completed our “train the trainer” program, which prepares nursing faculty in Parkinson’s disease so they can, in turn, prepare their students. Dr. LaRocco’s final research project for the program recently resulted in a published article, “Unmasking the Nonmotor Symptoms of PD,” in Nursing… read more Read More

What about the Symptoms We Can’t See? Diane & Scientists Discuss ‘Invisible Faces of PD’

Do you find that your ‘invisible’ symptoms — the ones that people can’t see like sleep issues or dizziness — are the ones that bother you the most? Many people with PD say this is the case, but just 15 years ago, this wasn’t widely known. The good news is that this past April, a group of scientists got together to speak about these symptoms at a meeting, “Non-motor Symptoms: Unraveling the Invisible Faces of Parkinson’s Disease,” hosted by the New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) in New York, NY. The better news? Diane Cook, a person with PD, and… read more Read More

History in the Making for Parkinson’s Disease

Why would a group of scientists return to college dorms for four days to talk about research? And why is it a big deal for Parkinson’s? I found out last month at the Gordon Research Conference on Parkinson’s Disease at Colby Sawyer College in New London, NH. Funded in part by PDF, the conference welcomed more than 180 scientists who spent four days sleeping, eating and breathing a topic of interest — which for us, is of course, Parkinson’s disease.

Capturing Rising Stars in PD Science: Challenges & Solutions

How do we capture rising stars in science and encourage them to focus their attention on Parkinson’s? This is a question that PDF — in its quest to help solve, treat and end PD — has been evaluating since its creation 60 years ago. In fact, PDF’s focus on catching rising stars in PD is the reason why we have prioritized funding for the training of early-career neurologists — more than 100 of them over the years — in PD research and care. It is also the reason we have supported the research of more than 250 early-career basic scientists over the same… read more Read More