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11 Goals You Helped Us Accomplish in 2023

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In a word, momentum was the theme for the Parkinson’s Foundation in 2023. Thanks to the Parkinson’s community, especially our donors, we worked hard to make life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) through advancing research and prioritizing access to care.

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Here are 11 ways you helped us keep the momentum in 2023: 

1. Addressed Critical Gaps in Access to PD Care

9% MDS stat

In July 2023, we published a study that found that only 50% of people with Parkinson’s saw a general neurologist. As a result of these findings, we are expanding disease-specific training to neurologists and other healthcare providers, and pursuing ways to improve access to care across all demographic and population groups.

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2. Provided Genetic Testing and Counseling to 11,000 people with PD

In 2023, our global genetics study PD GENEration: Mapping The Future of Parkinson’s Disease reached the milestone of providing genetic testing and counseling to 11,000 people with Parkinson’s. PD GENEration test results empower people, help them work alongside their doctor to tailor PD treatment, and can match them to gene-specific clinical trials. Thus far, PD GENEration data shows that 12.7% of people with Parkinson’s have a genetic link to the disease — much higher than the originally believed 5-10%.

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3. Designated 8 New Care Centers to Further Access to Care

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To bring specialized Parkinson’s care to more people, we designate medical centers that know how to treat this complicated disease. In 2023, we designated eight new centers as part of our Global Care Network, with the first-ever designations in Wisconsin and Washington, and the country of Japan.

View all centers in the Global Care Network

4. Continued Investment in Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech

The Parkinson’s Virtual Biotech, a partnership with the Parkinson’s UK, is currently funding 13 potential medications in development that either address PD symptoms or aim to slow, stop, or prevent the disease altogether. This initiative gets us closer to delivering life-changing treatments in years, not decades.

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5. Funded 30 Researchers through Grants

A Parkinson’s breakthrough can happen at any time, in any lab, which is why we directly fund scientists who are conducting innovative studies attacking Parkinson’s from every angle. In 2023, we awarded $2.8 million across 30 promising research grants.

Explore our ongoing research

Meet Jingxin Wang, PhD

2023 Bill and Amy Gurley Impact Awardee

Dr. Wang is exploring a new way to target the cause of PD by using RNA-degrading technology. His lab is working to prevent over-accumulation of alpha-synuclein (a protein) in the brain, hopefully paving the way to halt the development of the disease. 

Jingxin Wang in lab with researcher

6. Partnered with first historically Black institution of medicine to become a PD GENEration research site

Ensuring diversity and inclusivity in Parkinson’s research is critical to accelerating breakthroughs toward a cure. In 2023, we partnered with Morehouse Healthcare to expand genetic research in the Black community, making Morehouse the first historically Black institution of medicine to become a PD GENEration research site.

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7. Funded Local Parkinson’s Programs in 35 States

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We awarded nearly $1 million in community grants to PD programs across 35 states. From non-contact boxing classes to educational events and wellness programs, we have invested more than $10.4 million in 787 community-based programs since 2011.

Visit your local chapter’s webpage to find a program near you
You can also call our Helpline at 1-800-4PD-INFO (1-800-473-4636).

8.  Launched New Accredited Courses for Community Healthcare Professionals

Even though 90,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s every year, most healthcare professionals — including nurses, pharmacists and general practitioners — do not receive in-depth PD care training. We added new accredited online courses to our Education Series for Community Providers, which are designed to improve treatment and outcomes for people with Parkinson’s.

Explore Parkinson’s training tools designed for professionals

9. Launched 50 New Spanish Webpages

We launched 50 new Spanish pages on Parkinson.org. From symptoms to managing PD, these pages are designed to reach the Spanish-speaking Parkinson’s community and connect them to key information and tools.

Explore our Spanish pages

10.  Raised $3.5 million through Parkinson’s Champions

Parkinson’s Champions are a dedicated group of people in the PD community who fundraise to help us fight Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Champions do it all, they run in prestigious races, cycle for Parkinson’s Revolution, host Facebook fundraisers, and more. In 2023, Parkinson’s Champions raised $3.5 million to propel us towards a cure.

Photo credit: Tricia Baron
Photo credit: Tricia Baron

On April 11, the producing team behind the Broadway hit, A Beautiful Noise: The Neil Diamond Musical presented $500,000 to the Parkinson’s Foundation in honor of legendary singer, songwriter and performer Neil Diamond, who is living with Parkinson’s.

Learn more about Parkinson’s ChampionS and create your own fundraiser

11.  Presented Research and Care Findings at International Conferences

Every year, the top neurologists and Parkinson’s experts in the world attend renowned conferences to share new information about PD treatments and research. In 2023, the Parkinson’s Foundation shared numerous research and care findings at two premier conferences.

Read our 6 findings shared at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders®

Read our 11 findings shared at the Sixth World Parkinson Congress


As much as we accomplished in 2023, we are committed to doing more for the PD community in 2024. Your continued support is the only way we can make that happen. Thank you.

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