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The Challenges of Research Funding

Just a few weeks ago, the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s grants review committee – comprising scientists and patient advocates – took on the task of deciding which of the 200 research grant applications we received would be approved for funding. PDF had the resources to fund only 10 worthy projects. Researchers working on innovative, viable projects continually face the challenge of limited available funding. And funders, such as government agencies and foundations like PDF, have to make difficult choices based on available resources. How can PDF meet the challenge to find sufficient funds to support the most promising research in tough economic… read more Read More

Genetic Testing and You

From James Beck, Ph.D., Director of Research Programs The genetic testing company 23andMe recently announced that it had reached its goal of enrolling 10,000 people with Parkinson’s into its genetic testing program. I personally think that is fabulous. While genetic abnormalities that lead to Parkinson’s disease are rare, finding these cases has been a boon to understanding PD for all. From the location and then discovery of the first PD gene by PDF’s first supported fellow, Roger Duvoisin, M.D., and his colleagues in 1996 to the more recent genetic discoveries of today, PDF steadfastly supports research into understanding how genetics and… read more Read More

How Much Does Parkinson’s Disease Cost? New IHS Report Indicates Burden on US Families

This week, a report conducted by IHS-Global was published in the journal Movement Disorders, providing the most comprehensive, economic analysis to date of the direct and indirect costs of Parkinson’s disease to individuals and society in the United States.  (In full disclosure, it was underwritten by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America). While certain premises within the report – most notably, the estimate of the overall prevalence of Parkinson’s in the United States, which is probably on the low side  – may be uncertain, most of the numbers are well thought through and carefully applied to the known data…. read more Read More

A Positive Spin: Creativity and PD

We all appreciate the headlines that help us understand PD symptoms and side effects. But we also find it refreshing to see last week’s selection of stories covering ways to take charge of PD with creativity. Victoria Tane featured in the 2013 Creativity & Parkinson’s Calendar The Science Behind the Spin Last Thursday, we saw a review published on, “The Awakening of Artistic Creativity and Parkinson’s” by Rivka Inzelberg, M.D., in Behavior Neuroscience.  Dr. Inzelberg looked at more than 10 studies investigating, “the ability to produce innovative aesthetic works” in people living with Parkinson’s.  She found that: People with PD who… read more Read More

What Makes Us Distinctive? The PDF Way: A Letter from the Executive Director, Winter 2013

What makes PDF distinctive?  As you may remember from September’s post, I am now answering such questions in my introductory letter for the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation’s quarterly newsletters, and posting them on the PDF blog, so we can begin a conversation with you. In PDF’s recently published Winter 2013 issue, I discussed what makes us distinctive, what we call The PDF Way. How does it play out in our programs? The PDF Way In our research portfolio, The PDF Way means supporting the creative ideas brought to us by scientific teams and individuals — peer-reviewed and time-tested. We provide long-term support to… read more Read More

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Science Reporting in Parkinson’s

Will eating berries lessen your risk of Parkinson’s? What about coffee? What’s the real story on coconut oil? Is deep brain stimulation a miracle surgery? All of us, whether or not we live Parkinson’s, are faced each day with a barrage of headlines about what might help or harm our health. After such headlines appear, PDF often receives an influx of inquiries asking: Does this new drug/therapy/compound help Parkinson’s? Is this new drug a cure? When will this new breakthrough be available? The Good News Scientists all over the world are conducting research into Parkinson’s. They are publishing their work… read more Read More