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Livin' Good: San Mateo Veterinarian Urges Support for Parkinson's Research

By Carolyn Livengood, San Mateo County Times columnist

San Mateo resident Dr. Veronica Maldonado, a research veterinarian with more than 15 years of experience in the pharmaceutical industry who was recently diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, is urging the public to "PAIR Up" for Parkinson's disease research.

The goal of Parkinson's Advocates In Research, which is a program of the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, is to speed up new treatments by pairing knowledgeable advocates with scientists, government and industry.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects nearly one million people in the United States and has no cure or medications to stop it from progressing.

Determined to use her medical expertise for the cause, Maldonado completed an intensive three-day training to join the PAIR program in July. She now invites the community to join her in advancing research and accelerating new treatments for the disease.

"We in the Parkinson's community need to be more engaged in guiding research, helping to overcome obstacles that are delaying new treatments, and educating our communities about how to get involved," Maldonado wrote in an email.

"I hope others touched by Parkinson's and those in the medical and research communities will collaborate with me to accomplish these goals." To "PAIR Up" with Maldonado, call 800-457-6676, email info@pdf.org, or visit www.pdf.org/pair.

Source Date: Oct 30 2012
Source Publication: San Mateo County Times
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