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Community Choice Research Awards are open. Hear voter stories. Cast your vote.

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The PD Pipeline

When will newer and better medications be available? See our review of the PD pipeline.

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And the Winner Is...

Learn about the artist who created our new cover image and pre-order a free calendar.

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A New Home for Parkinson's Science

An open access journal, enabling professionals and people with PD to access the latest research.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Wednesday, November 16, 2016PDF at 46th Annual SfN Meeting (CA)
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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.

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