Blog Archives: Research

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

I’d Like to Thank the Academy … for an Inspiring 2015 AAN Meeting!

A few weeks ago, I attended my first American Academy of Neurology (AAN) meeting, which was held in Washington, DC. This was the 67th annual meeting of the AAN, which brings together 10,000 neurologists and neuroscientists working to bring the best patient care and innovative research to the field of neurology. What should the PD community know about this gathering of professionals fighting their disease? Among the many highlights, here are a few of the more notable ones:

From Diane: It’s Our Time to Speak Up

Which part of living with Parkinson’s disease should be the priority for scientists to study? For Diane Cook the answer is: cognitive issues. She submitted her answer through the Second Annual PDF Community Choice Research Awards survey. Now she is urging you to share yours by Thursday, April 30. Diane worked closely with PDF to develop the first Community Choice Research Awards survey last year, which are a “people’s choice” for PD research grants. The ProjectSpark Foundation run by Diane’s children donated funds for the awards. Hear from Diane about why the “people’s choice” awards are critical for PD research, why she… read more Read More

Stepping Ahead with Student Scientists: Kristin Ford

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month, and at PDF, we thought this would be a great time to catch up with Kristin Ford, a former PDF-funded Summer Fellow, to see how PDF funding helped to jumpstart her career in Parkinson’s research and care. You may remember that last month we caught up with another fellow, Will Johnson, who was also supported through PDF’s Summer Student Fellowship Program, which funds undergraduates and medical students to spend their summers working on PD-related research projects with mentors in the field. Typically, fellowships are offered for 10 weeks with an award of $4,000. Kristin spent her Fellowship… read more Read More

A.C. Weighs In: Can PD Researchers Study Apathy?

Which aspect about living with Parkinson’s is your priority for researchers to study? For PDF Research Advocate A.C. Woolnough, the answer is: apathy. Apathy, which is a lack of interest or enthusiasm, is a common complaint among people with Parkinson’s and loved ones but has not received much research attention. A.C. shared apathy as his priority by taking PDF’s six-question survey as part of the Second Annual Community Choice Research Awards. Below, we interviewed him to find out why he thinks researchers should spend more time studying apathy. There’s still time for you too to submit. PDF is accepting survey submissions… read more Read More