Blog Archives: Research

WPC 2013 Roving Reporters: Day Zero Science

The 3rd World Parkinson Congress includes three days of sessions discussing the latest in Parkinson’s science and care. PDF’s reporters are listening in and reporting back to let you know what they have seen and heard. In particular, PDF Research Advocates Kim and Libbe Erickson of Stillwater, MN, were busy yesterday reporting on three sessions – covering treatments such as levodopa, the search for biomarkers and updates on deep brain stimulation. Here are their reports:

From Robin: The Journey Begins at WPC 2013

Excited. Filled with Anticipation. Overwhelmed, in a good way. And to think it all started close to four months ago, in June. That is when my husband John and I decided to attend the World Parkinson’s Congress 2013. Given the fact that it only happens once every three years, it’s the single largest worldwide gathering of all stakeholders in the Parkinson’s field, and we missed it the last go around — we weren’t going to let that happen again.

From Linda: My First Hours in Montreal

From Linda Morgan, M.B.A., R.Ph., member People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council I arrived early in Montreal for the 3rd World Parkinson Congress, which will officially start on Tuesday. I came in early to be part of an ‘historic’ dinner and meeting between researchers from the Parkinson Study Group (PSG) and those of us involved with Parkinson’s Advocates in Research (PAIR).

Old Drugs – New Cures?

From James Beck, Ph.D., Vice President of Research Programs Using old drugs as new cures seems like a surefire winner. It may be. However, after attending a recent meeting outside London hosted by the Cure Parkinson’s Trust, a small yet impactful British charity, it is clear that this path is neither clear nor easy. A committee of experts at the meeting evaluated and prioritized dozens of existing compounds – many are drugs used to treat other diseases – based upon their potential to stop Parkinson’s disease.

BigBrain – What Does It Mean?

From James Beck, Ph.D., Director of Research Programs This blog is part two in a series of three about the BigBrain. Several weeks ago saw the announcement of a description of a new and highly detailed atlas of the brain, called BigBrain.  PDF wrote about how one person, making the decision to donate their brain, has made a significant contribution to science.  Indeed, that is true.  But what does this really mean for the future of neuroscience … and Parkinson’s research?

Righting the Clinical Research "Enterprise"

When opening the Sunday Review section of the New York Times this past weekend,  I did a double-take as a topic of much discussion here at PDF was featured front and center – trumping commentary on the state of the economy, international relations and the latest political debate. “Do Clinical Trials Work?,” by Clifton Leaf serves as a primer on some of the key issues that prevail within the clinical research enterprise – the tension between scientific inquiry and patient priorities; the odds that study sponsors take when betting on the success of a potential therapy; and the disconnect between those who… read more Read More