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.
My wife, Marilyn, and I are constantly reminded of the critical role that health professionals play in helping us live our lives to the fullest with Parkinson’s disease. That’s why we work with PDF. Through innovative clinical and online trainings, PDF partners with health leaders to transform PD care. But we need your support to train even more health leaders.
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.
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.