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:
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
When 30,000 neuroscientists gather together to talk about the brain, what can we learn about Parkinson’s disease? Our team found out at the latest meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting in Washington, DC, which took place in November. At the meeting, PDF’s James Beck, Ph.D., VP for Scientific Affairs, and Beth Vernaleo, Ph.D., Senior Manager, Research Programs, were joined by PDF Research Advocates Todd Hebb and Paul Zimmet, D.D.S., both of whom live with PD. (Drs. Zimmet and Vernaleo are pictured inset).
Thank you, on behalf of the Board of Directors, for those of you who have supported the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation this year, including those who have donated to this month’s special $500,000 challenge. Because of you, we have raised over $150,000 so far toward our goal, and every single gift will be doubled. As a scientist, your support gives me hope. I spent many years working with the nation’s largest biomedical research agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to award billions of dollars in grants for neuroscience research, including Parkinson’s. And I knew of PDF’s reputation for supporting the next generation of… Read More
A year or so after President Obama personally announced his signature initiative to create a public-private partnership to improve our understanding of the infrastructure of the human brain, the White House convened 250 of us to hear a report card and plans on progress to date. I was invited — wearing my two hats as President of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation and Chair of the American Brain Coalition — to attend the September 30 meeting, along with other leaders of the multi-million dollar effort, including those from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) neurology and mental health institutes, neuroscientists, industry reps, professional… Read More
Several 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.