Our Research

Exciting programs that lead to better care, pathways to new treatments, and ultimately a cure.

Researcher testing vials in lab

Better treatment starts with better research. Some people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) live well for decades with only minimal impact from their disease. We focus our research on understanding how these people — and their doctors — achieve these excellent results. Our goal is to help others apply what we learn to their own unique experience.

The Parkinson’s Foundation funds research through these priority programs dedicated to finding the cause, and ultimately, a cure for PD:

We are focused on the next Parkinson’s disease breakthrough while working to bring expert care access to everyone living with PD to ensure they achieve the best results now. We’ve already shown that our model of Parkinson’s care — the highest standard of care — reduces complications and dramatically increases quality of life.

The Latest in Research

Finding a Cure

Breakthrough scientific research that improves care for everyone living with Parkinson’s is at the heart of our mission. Find out how we advance research and work towards ending Parkinson’s.

Join Our Genetics Study

Understanding your genetic tie to Parkinson’s can be empowering. PD GENEration offers genetic testing for PD-related genes and genetic counseling.

Key Findings That Matter

Differences in care dramatically impact daily life with Parkinson’s. Our Parkinson’s Outcomes Project findings can help you advocate for your best care.

Our research is leading to care and treatment breakthroughs that bring hope to thousands of people and families.

Our research has shown that:

  • Regular neurologist care can save the lives of thousands of people with PD each year
  • Depression and anxiety are the number one factors impacting the overall health of people living with PD

  • People with PD receive different medicines and treatment plans depending on where they receive care, with vastly different results

Grant Awards

Every year, we fund the most exciting and promising research ideas in the Parkinson’s field. The next breakthrough can occur anywhere, which is why we have provided research funding to more than 670 scientists since 2010, furthering critical research currently underway in labs at medical centers, neurologist offices and universities around the world.

Learn more about our grants and awards

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