Solving Side Effects
PDF-funded researcher Tomas Björklund, Ph.D., of Lund University is making progress in his search for solutions for dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease.Learn More
What's New in Research?
What's new in PD research and treatment? In this report, James Beck, Ph.D., VP, Scientific Affairs discusses recent trends and discoveries.
PD ExpertBriefing: Parkinson’s Disease: Financial, Legal and Medical Planning Tips for Care Partners
Tuesday, November 8, in recognition of National Family Caregivers Month
How can you and your loved one with Parkinson's plan for the future? Parkinson’s disease can require you to plan for both long- and short-term costs of medication, home adaptations, insurance and other health care related needs. Learn practical tips by joining a one-hour PDF online seminar led by Martin M. Shenkman, C.P.A., M.B.A., P.F.S., A.E.P., J.D., Founder, Shenkman Law.
Are Genetics the Reason for Parkinson's Subtypes? Differences Linked to Faster Rate of Progression and Dementia
October 13, 2016
There are a few rare genetic mutations that cause PD, and several minor variants that increase PD risk. Recently, building on PDF-supported discoveries, scientists found that genetic changes may explain why people develop ‘subtypes’ of PD. Specifically, they find that mutations and variations in the GBA gene are associated with a quickly progressing PD, balance and gait difficulties. The studies appear in the August 29 online edition of JAMA Neurology and the October 3 online edition of Annals of Neurology. The knowledge could help researchers design new clinical trials.