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Parkinson's Advances in 2011
During 2011, PDF made strides in Parkinson's research, education and advocacy. But these accomplishments are possible only because of your generosity and the hard work of our researchers, advisory council members, advocates, and other volunteers.
We think the list below demonstrates that together, we as a community can improve the lives and futures of people touched by Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s Advances in 2011
PDF spent 59 percent of its funds on Parkinson’s research programs to support the novel ideas that will bring us closer to finding new treatments and a cure. Among the accomplishments by these and previously-funded researchers:
- Using cutting-edge technology, scientists funded in part by PDF, discovered a new gene called vesicular sorting complex protein 35 (VPS35) that is linked to Parkinson’s in people with the familial form of the disease.
- Scientists funded in part by PDF announced that they have made an important step in Parkinson’s science by transforming pluripotent stem cells into dopamine neurons and implanting them into the brains of animals.
PDF spent 17 percent of its funds on innovative educational programs to ensure people touched by Parkinson’s have access to accurate information about Parkinson’s.
- More than 7,000 community members tuned into at least one of our PD ExpertBriefings while more than 1,000 people were advised through our National HelpLine. Meanwhile, more than 100,000 print educational publications were distributed the Parkinson’s community worldwide.
- More than 9,000 nurses completed an eight-hour online course to improve comprehensive nursing care for people living with Parkinson’s.
PDF spent five percent of its funds on advocacy programs, partnering with others— people with Parkinson’s, industry, health care providers and government — in moving the cause forward.
- In their work to speed new and effective therapies for Parkinson's, PDF's 130 Research Advocates participated in 100 educational events across the United States, reaching approximately 15,000 people.
- 10,000 of you participated in Parkinson’s Awareness Month in April, ensuring that the Parkinson’s community rises to the forefront of the national consciousness. For instance, your displays of the Parkinson’s Quilt were viewed by more than 3,500 people.
In 2012, with your help, PDF and its partners will continue to support you and your loved ones with Parkinson’s through our research, education and advocacy programs.
Your gift, if given before December 31st, will also give you the benefit of a tax-deduction on your 2011 return.
PS: Did you know that PDF earned a Four-Star Rating from Charity Navigator once again? This makes PDF the only Parkinson’s charity to receive both this and the Charity Seal of Approval from the Wise Giving Alliance of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). We were recently recognized for these efforts in the Chicago Tribune.
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