Blog Archives: Research

Help #EndParkinsons Today

As a scientist, I’m excited to tell you that the future is bright. Our team is discovering new compounds with the potential to ease symptoms and to stop Parkinson’s disease in its tracks. But more than ever, we need your support to make these discoveries a reality. That’s why I’m asking you to support the PDF team working to end Parkinson’s. When you do, donors from the PDF Leadership Circle will match every donation up to $500,000.

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.

The More Genes, the Better: How Diversity is Advancing Genetics Research

One day, we hope to offer treatments tailored to the individual needs of each person with Parkinson’s. But how can we do that if we don’t understand how genetics impact Parkinson’s? After all, our genes are part of what make us unique, including how they relate to our health. This issue came up last week in Nature, when a group of researchers released findings from research in which they analyzed 2,500 genetic studies conducted in 2016 that studied the genes of more than 35 million people. They compared this to a similar analysis from 2009. They found that in 2016, the… read more Read More

The Nobel Prize and PD Research: What It Means

PDF is excited to tell you that this week’s announcement of the Nobel Prize in Medicine – awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi, Ph.D., of the Tokyo Institute of Technology – has intriguing implications for Parkinson’s research. Dr. Ohsumi received the Nobel Prize for his work to understand autophagy – the way our body’s cells recycle and dispose of waste to stay healthy. About 15 years ago, a PDF-funded research team recognized the importance of Dr. Ohsumi’s groundbreaking discoveries and applied them to Parkinson’s. Since then and continuing today, PDF scientists have been unraveling the role autophagy plays in Parkinson’s. Dr. Ohsumi’s work was… read more Read More

I Voted: Stories from the Community Choice Research Awards

“I used to be a ‘do-er.’ Now I’m a ‘half do-er.’” These are the words Kris Gjerde, a PDF Advocate from St. Paul, MN, used to explain why she voted for apathy in the Third PDF Community Choice Research Awards survey.  She wants solutions so she can keep doing the things she loves. Since the survey launched earlier this month, she and more than 500 people with Parkinson’s and care partners have voted for their research priorities, ranging from sleep issues and anxiety, to gait difficulties and dyskinesia. Why is Kris’ feedback — and yours — so important?

PDF Team Posters at the 4th World Parkinson Congress

At PDF, our strategy for ending Parkinson’s is to build a team of leaders in research, health care and the patient community and mobilize them to work together toward the cure. That’s one reason we were excited to see 100 members of the PDF team together at the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR. One place our team showed their collaborative spirit was in the poster presentations. Throughout the week, the PDF team presented posters sharing advancements in PD research and care. Many PDF posters, several of which are highlighted below, were authored by teams comprising PD professionals (scientists, doctors, nurses), staff and PDF patient… read more Read More