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The Importance of Brain Banks for Neurological Research

Would you consider donating your brain for science? A few years ago, Diana Barnwell wrote an article, entitled, My Last Gift.  She chronicled her decision to donate her brain … and the complicated issues that arose when making her decision.  Studying actual human brains – donated by individuals upon their death, as a contribution to science – is a vital way to understanding neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.  After all, the brain is the only mysterious organ that we can’t study during a person’s lifetime. This is why it was so devastating to scientists around the world, particularly those at… read more Read More

Easing Dyskinesia: PDF-funded Research from 2007 Leads to Testing of Experimental Drug

Earlier this week, PsychoGenics Inc., announced that an experimental drug for Parkinson’s, eltoprazine, seemed to reduce dyskinesia in people with Parkinson’s in early studies.  Dyskinesias are the twisting and writhing movements that occur as PD progresses – a common side effect of the medication levodopa (Sinemet®).    Back in 2007, it was PDF-funded researcher Manolo Carta Ph.D., along with Anders Björklund, M.D., who performed the pre-clinical research that led to the identification of this drug.  At the time, while many researchers were looking at dopamine neurons as the culprit behind dyskinesias (through their interaction with levodopa), Dr. Carta’s proposal suggested something… read more Read More

What’s On Your Wishlist? Seeking Your Feedback for our Educational Programs

What is the one topic you wish PDF’s educational programs would cover about Parkinson’s disease? … medications? … nutrition? …. exercise? We hope you tell us by taking our very short (promise – it’s just four questions) survey. You may already know that PDF regularly hosts online seminars, or PD ExpertBriefings, along with a host of other educational programs.  Available live (both online and by phone) and recorded (both online and as DVDs), they are some of our most popular programs. But we want to make sure we’re covering the topics that are relevant to your life with Parkinson’s.  So… read more Read More

PDF Champions Friday!

PDF CHAMPIONS FRIDAY Surprise… Happy 60th Birthday to Gary Chard from Wilmington, DE!  There is no better way to celebrate your birthday than with a surprise party thrown by family and friends – – while fundraising for PDF at the same time! At the beginning of the year, Gary’s wife Beth Ann came to PDF with the fantastic idea of turning Gary’s special ‘secret’ bash into a PDF Champions fundraising event http://www.pdf.org/en/pdf_champion. Gary was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008 at the age of 56. Together Gary and Beth Ann have been extremely involved in the Parkinson’s community. Gary presents… read more Read More

Notes from a Day Spent Listening to Scientists Judging PDF Research Applications

Last Friday, March 16, was the occasion for reviewing applications for PDF’s International Research Grants program and Research Fellowships programs. Before us were some 30 proposals from some of the best young (and not-so-young) scientific investigators in the world. As I sat there in the meeting as an observer, listening to the members of our scientific review committee as they made their comments and pronounced their judgments, I found myself scribbling notes on what seemed to be the principles on which they were basing their decisions. What they were saying, it seemed to me, said a lot about how we… read more Read More

PDF Research Advocates in Action

Last week, Dr. Beck discussed the role of PDF Research Advocates in PDF’s grant review. As he said, “These people, PDF’s Research Advocates, part of the Parkinson’s Advocates in Research program, insure what we will fund is not just the best for science’s sake but for the sake of people too.” Wondering what exactly our PDF Research Advocates do? We want them to tell you in our own words. Last year, PDF was able to steal a few minutes from Research Advocates Becky and Tom, in the midst of grant review. They were kind enough to explain their work in… read more Read More