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The Parkinson’s Foundation recently expanded its PD GENEration genetic testing and counseling initiative to include more sites and greater outreach to communities that have been historically underserved. The story highlights commentary from James Beck, PhD, CSO of the Parkinson’s Foundation, and Chantale Branson, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Parkinson’s News Today

The Parkinson’s Foundation has announced a major expansion of its PD GENEration study to make genetic testing and counseling more available for people with Parkinson’s disease in the U.S. The study, which now has 23 sites, aims to enroll 15,000 people in all 50 U.S. states, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. 


After starting it as a first-of-its-kind nationwide initiative in 2019, the Parkinson’s Foundation has announced the expansion of its PD GENEration: Mapping the Future of Parkinson’s Disease program, which offers no-cost genetic testing for Parkinson’s-related genes and genetic counseling for participants to better understand their results.


While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are many steps you can take to maintain and improve your quality of life and live well with the disease. Whether you are newly diagnosed or are a new care partner, the Parkinson’s Foundation is your number one resource.

CVS Healthy Conversations

In the latest episode of CVS Healthy Conversations, a podcast dedicated to bringing together health care experts for open discussions on timely topics, Parkinson’s Foundation Chief Scientific Officer James Beck, PhD, discusses the role genetics can play with PD.

Aging Matters Podcast

In the latest episode of Aging Matters, a weekly radio program featuring individuals with expertise on an array of aging-related topics, Parkinson’s Foundation President and CEO John L. Lehr discusses the causes, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of PD.


VAntage Point

In partnership with VA, the Parkinson’s Foundation will host a webinar on April 28, to discuss the impact PD has on Veterans’ mental health.

Parkinson’s Pathway Pals Podcast

In this podcast episode, three representatives from the Parkinson’s Foundation explain the PD GENEration study and how it is used for mapping the #FutureOfPD. Amasi Kumeh, Director of Research Partnerships; Kamalini Ghosh, Associate Director of Clinical Research; and Francesca Villa, National Director of Fundraising Events, are interviewed.


This article is the second part of a four-part collaborative series with Univision and the Parkinson’s Foundation. The article recognizes Parkinson’s Awareness Month and shares tips and resources to help people live better with PD, with a focus on exercise benefits.

Parkinson’s News Today

To mark the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, the Parkinson’s Foundation has kicked off its #FutureofPD Campaign, an initiative to call attention to the progressive neurodegenerative disorder and highlight what can be done to create a better future for the Parkinson’s disease community. 


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