Saving Basic Research, Saving Future Cures

jbeck.jpgThe effort to cure diseases like Parkinson’s disease is on the minds of many people during this time of year.  We are often traveling home to see loved ones where we learn about new diagnoses or new stages in the disease that they battle, or we are remembering those who bravely fought their battle with Parkinson’s, yet lost.

It is understandable, therefore, why there is a push to fund only research that is the closest to bringing about a cure, so-called translational research.

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Genetic Testing: FDA & The Importance of Getting it Right

jbeck.jpgSeveral months ago, I broached the issue of direct-to-consumer genetic testing in PD. There, my message was that you should look before you leap and take the time to understand what genetic testing would tell you (and whether you really wanted to know it). Implicit in that discussion is the need to have accurate results. This is different than the desire to have the weather forecaster tell you if it is going to rain or not tomorrow. For most people, inaccurate weather predictions are a nuisance more than anything.

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Care Partner Team Q&A Series

During National Family Caregivers Month this November, PDF calls special attention to care partners who are helping to find a cure for Parkinson’s.

erickson_kimerickson_libbeWe are lucky that among PDF’s network of Research Advocates, (all part of the Parkinson’s Advocates in Research program) there are many talented care partners who are working on the front lines with researchers. In this interview, we highlight two of these PDF Research Advocates, care partner team Kim and Libbe Erickson of Stillwater, MN. They joined the program just two years after Kim’s diagnosis in 2010. Here are their insights.

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From Girija: Hope and WPC 2013

In early October, I was in Montreal attending WPC 2013. After a long flight from California, I headed straight to the conference center.

The first thing I noticed as I entered the conference center was the presence of people with Parkinson’s (PwPs) everywhere. Several PwPs were accompanied by their caregivers, some traveled with friends and others looking for friends who were also attending WPC. It seemed like PwP from all over the world congregated in Montreal.

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