The Nobel Prize and PD Research: What It Means

sulzer-research-1PDF is excited to tell you that this week’s announcement of the Nobel Prize in Medicine – awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi, Ph.D., of the Tokyo Institute of Technology – has intriguing implications for Parkinson’s research. Dr. Ohsumi received the Nobel Prize for his work to understand autophagy – the way our body’s cells recycle and dispose of waste to stay healthy. About 15 years ago, a PDF-funded research team recognized the importance of Dr. Ohsumi’s groundbreaking discoveries and applied them to Parkinson’s.

Since then and continuing today, PDF scientists have been unraveling the role autophagy plays in Parkinson’s. Dr. Ohsumi’s work was pivotal to PDF advancements and because of your support, PDF-funded discoveries are helping us to understand autophagy and point us toward new therapies.

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I Voted: Stories from the Community Choice Research Awards

email-banner-ccra2-16-stories-100116“I used to be a ‘do-er.’ Now I’m a ‘half do-er.’”

These are the words Kris Gjerde, a PDF Advocate from St. Paul, MN, used to explain why she voted for apathy in the Third PDF Community Choice Research Awards survey.  She wants solutions so she can keep doing the things she loves.

Since the survey launched earlier this month, she and more than 500 people with Parkinson’s and care partners have voted for their research priorities, ranging from sleep issues and anxiety, to gait difficulties and dyskinesia.

Why is Kris’ feedback — and yours — so important?

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PDF Team Posters at the 4th World Parkinson Congress

poster_beth_vernaleoAt PDF, our strategy for ending Parkinson’s is to build a team of leaders in research, health care and the patient community and mobilize them to work together toward the cure. That’s one reason we were excited to see 100 members of the PDF team together at the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR.

One place our team showed their collaborative spirit was in the poster presentations. Throughout the week, the PDF team presented posters sharing advancements in PD research and care.

Many PDF posters, several of which are highlighted below, were authored by teams comprising PD professionals (scientists, doctors, nurses), staff and PDF patient leaders.

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LIVE from the 4th World Parkinson Congress (Day 2)

linda-booth-visitorWhat happens when thousands of people touched by Parkinson’s disease get together? That’s exactly what’s happening at the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR, where a record 4,500 people PD, care partners, researchers, and health professionals from around the globe have gathered to advance treatments and a cure.

The answer? A lot happens. The WPC is chock full of educational seminars, scientific sessions, roundtables, poster presentations, music performances, exercise, yoga and more. The hardest part is choosing where to go. Here’s an update on what the PDF team saw and did on day 2 (Wednesday).

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LIVE from the 4th World Parkinson Congress (Day 1, Part 2)

wpc-imagineAwe-inspiring.

It’s a word Dan Novak, Ph.D., Chair of the PDF People with Parkinson’s Advisory Council, used recently when describing the World Parkinson Congress (WPC).

Last night in Portland, OR, it proved true. It captured the feeling of walking into a room with 4,000 people (people living with Parkinson’s, care partners, researchers and health professionals) who all share one goal — a world without Parkinson’s. As part of this week’s WPC reports, see our summary of last night’s awe-inspiring Opening Ceremony.

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LIVE from the 4th World Parkinson Congress (Day 1, Part I)

wpc-genericThis week, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation is on site at the 4th World Parkinson Congress (WPC) in Portland, OR. Our team of 100 staff, patient advocates and PDF-supported researchers and health professionals joins more than 4,000 delegates from around the globe who are all working toward the same goal: a world without Parkinson’s.

Each day, we’ll bring reports to you. Yesterday (Tuesday) was a pre-congress day before the formal program had begun, but it kicked off in full force! Here is what our team saw and heard.

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