Parkinson Report

Spring 2023

Awareness Issue

Spring Parkinson's Report, 2023

If you only have time to read one newsletter this Parkinson’s Awareness Month, this is it! In our Parkinson Report: Awareness Issue explore eight new articles that will catch you up on the latest in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Learn more about the two projects that give us hope, including the exciting drugs underway and what we’ve learned so far from our global genetics study.  


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Genetics Study Reaches 50% Enrollment Milestone

We cover the lessons learned so far from reaching the halfway point of our genetics study. For instance, study data shows that approximately 14% of participants have a genetic form of PD — a significant observation compared to the longstanding estimate of 10%.

A Note From Our CEO

“As I mark my sixth year as President and CEO, I am very hopeful about our new partnership with Parkinson’s UK... with 11 new Parkinson’s drugs under research and development, we will be able to find new PD medications and therapies in years, not decades.”

John L. Lehr
Assortment of pills in dishes

Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech Drugs in Research & Development

Dive into three of the new drugs in development as part of Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech. Check out the key takeaway for each drug and what it can mean for the PD community.

In This Issue

Essential Parkinson’s Resources

Looking for new tools and information that can help you and a loved one navigate PD? Start with these resources. 

New Research Center Explores Dopamine Nerve Cell Diversity

Understanding how different types of dopamine neurons work could get us closer to designing more effective treatments.

Take 6 Minutes to Help End Parkinson’s

To help us create a world without Parkinson’s, take 6 minutes to raise PD awareness. We list some impactful ways you can #Take6forPD.

Couple hugging each other closely smiling

Redefining Intimacy in Parkinson’s Disease

With Parkinson’s, changing relationship roles, medication side effects and PD symptoms can influence sexual health and physical intimacy. This article highlights ways you can build intimacy with your partner.

Partnering with Morehouse School of Medicine to Diversify Genetics Data

“I want to encourage community members to take part in PD GENEration, so they can improve their disease management, learn more about their family’s risk of Parkinson's and potentially be connected to clinical trials,” said Chantale Branson, MD, at Morehouse School of Medicine.

Amasi and Dr. Bronson
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