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15 March 2022

Skin Biopsy Can Help Identify Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

The diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is currently based on consensus clinical criteria. A novel study in JPD has found that the presence of neuronal deposits of the biomarker phosphorylated alpha-synuclein in the brain and the skin of patients with PD distinguishes them from individuals with symptoms of parkinsonism due to the accumulation of another protein, tau.

30 September 2021

Promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Parkinson’s Research and Care

Current knowledge about Parkinson’s disease (PD) does not reflect the diversity of people with the disease, according to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF). In a position paper published in JPD, MJFF research staff define four major areas of action to reduce health disparities and advance treatments for everyone with PD. It highlights steps the Foundation is taking in these areas, including a new program launched earlier this year.

23 September 2021

Pipeline of Cell and Gene Therapies Holds Promise for Repairing the Parkinsonian Brain

grey scale visual of jigsaw pieces joining to form the head and brain

After several decades of pre-clinical development, cell- and gene-based therapies for Parkinson’s disease (PD) are now actively being explored. In this JPD special issue on “Repairing the Parkinsonian Brain,” experts highlight some of the current strategies being pursued to restore lost function and replace what is lost in the PD brain, with special emphasis on the challenges associated with translating advanced therapeutic approaches into pioneering clinical trials.

3 February 2021

COVID-19 Vaccination for Patients with Parkinson’s Disease Recommended

Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) and healthcare professionals caring for them have expressed concerns about the COVID-19 vaccine’s efficacy and safety in the specific context of PD and its symptomatic treatment. In a commentary just published in JPD, a set of experts addresses these concerns from an evidence-based perspective. Their conclusion is that COVID-19 vaccination with approved vaccines should be recommended to persons with PD, unless there is a specific contraindication.


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