The JPD blog includes news items and articles of interest to the PD research and PD patient communities. Jon Palfreman has been the primary contributor to this section since 2013 (his blog posts can be found here), joined in 2018 by Benjamin Stecher (his blog posts can be found here). In the specific sections, articles from these authors can be found and these blog posts and stories relating to PD are unique content created for the journal website. Jon Palfreman also authors two sections called Neuroscientist's Corner and The Patient Perspective. Benjamin Stecher additionally authors a section called Tomorrow Edition Extracts. Contributions from guest bloggers are also included.


Jon Palfreman’s Blog

Toward Personalized Medicine for Those with Parkinson’s

Neurologists often remark that Parkinson’s is a highly variable disease. Persons with Parkinson’s not only acquire the disease at different ages, they also manifest different clinical profiles, displaying symptoms that can progress at strikingly different rates. Read more.

Last comment on by Connie Simonton,

Guest Blog

An Unbeatable Enemy

This blog post covers my approach to dealing with my symptoms. If I cannot run, I will walk; if I cannot walk, I will crawl; and if I cannot crawl, I will find someone to carry me. PD may be an unbeatable enemy (for now), but as long as I keep moving, it cannot win. Read my story here.

Last comment on by Bonnie Chismar,

Neuroscientist's Corner

Interview: Caroline Tanner

Caroline (Carlie) Tanner had always planned to specialize in family medicine. But while a medical student in Chicago, she fell under the spell of neurologist Harold Klawans. Klawans – one of the first neurologist to use levodopa therapy with PD patients – convinced the young doctor that Parkinson’s was an exciting area of research and practice. Says Tanner, “The idea of being able to intervene with a transformative therapy like levodopa was very attractive, so after some soul-searching, I switched my concentration from family medicine to neurology.”

The Patient Perspective

Profile: Sara Riggare

In October 1984, a thirteen-year-old girl called Sara sat in a small village hall in northern Sweden enjoying a folk music concert. “Everyone was clapping their hands and stomping their feet,” Sara recalls, “and I wanted to do the same. I could clap my hands, but when I tried stomping my feet, I discovered I couldn’t. It was as if the signals couldn't go from my brain to my feet.” This is Sara’s earliest memory indicating that something was wrong.