How will we create a world without Parkinson’s? On June 1, the Parkinson’s Foundation, is asking scientists to answer this question at our cutting-edge scientific event, “World Without Parkinson’s.” Our team predicts that scientific progress in the next 20 years outpace progress of the last 200 since James Parkinson published, “An Essay on the Shaking Palsy.” How will we get there? Hear answers from one of our speakers Laura A. Volpicelli-Daley, Ph.D., of the University of Alabama School of Medicine.
Karen Ring, Ph.D., of San Francisco, CA, is going the distance for Parkinson’s. On Sunday, March 26, she will run the United Airlines Rock ‘n’ Roll San Francisco Half Marathon to raise funds for the Parkinson’s Foundation. She’s already surpassed her fundraising goal, raising more than $1,500 in honor of her Dad. Hear why Dr. Ring joined our Champions team and learn how you can get involved.
This week, members of our team are in Florida for an exciting first-time medical meeting, the Pan American Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Congress. It brings together a subset of a global group of professionals who research and treat movement disorders, including Parkinson’s. Scientists and health professionals are gathering at this meeting to share the latest research and to answer the question: how can we advance care for people with Parkinson’s and movement disorders in North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean? Not only that, groundbreaking research funded by the Foundation is front-and-center.
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.
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?
Earlier this month, Congress approved, and President Obama signed, the Cures Act, formally known as the 21st Century Cures Act. Along with scores of other voluntary health and research organizations, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) applauds this move as one that will confront diseases head-on and accelerate research seeking cures. In this decisive, bipartisan move — too rare in these politically-divided days — the federal government has signaled its confidence that science can help us deliver on the elusive dream of drawing the curtain on diseases including Parkinson’s.