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Biospecimens

The Michael J. Fox Foundation makes data and biospecimens available from select Parkinson’s studies for discovery and validation research. Visit our Data page for resources from these and other studies. We also fund promising projects that use these data and biospecimen collections.

6 Types of Samples Available

  • Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative
    Population:
    De novo, unmedicated PD; prodromal; genetic; controls
    Request Samples For:
    Biomarker validation; Disease Progression; Understand genetic PD
    Cohort Size
    1,500+

    • DNA

    • RNA

    • CSF

    • Whole or Pellet Blood

    • Plasma

    • Serum

    • Urine

    • Saliva

    • Peripheral Mononuclear Blood Cells

    • Fibroblasts

    • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

    • Skin Tissue

    • Colon Tissue

    • Sub-Mandibular Gland Tissue

  • BioFIND
    Population:
    Moderate to advanced PD and controls
    Request Samples For:
    Biomarker Discovery; Biomarker Replication
    Cohort Size
    ~200

    • DNA

    • RNA

    • CSF

    • Whole or Pellet Blood

    • Plasma

    • Serum

    • Urine

    • Saliva

    • Peripheral Mononuclear Blood Cells

    • Fibroblasts

    • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

    • Skin Tissue

    • Colon Tissue

    • Sub-Mandibular Gland Tissue

  • LRRK2 Cohort Consortium
    Population:
    Genetic
    Request Samples For:
    Biomarker Discovery; Biomarker Replication; Disease Progression; Understand genetic PD
    Cohort Size
    3,200

    • DNA

    • RNA

    • CSF

    • Whole or Pellet Blood

    • Plasma

    • Serum

    • Urine

    • Saliva

    • Peripheral Mononuclear Blood Cells

    • Fibroblasts

    • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

    • Skin Tissue

    • Colon Tissue

    • Sub-Mandibular Gland Tissue

  • DATATOP
    Population:
    Early, unmedicated PD
    Request Samples For:
    Biomarker Discovery; Biomarker Replication; Disease Progression; Pharmacogenetics/pharmacodynamics;
    Cohort Size
    800

    • DNA

    • RNA

    • CSF

    • Whole or Pellet Blood

    • Plasma

    • Serum

    • Urine

    • Saliva

    • Peripheral Mononuclear Blood Cells

    • Fibroblasts

    • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

    • Skin Tissue

    • Colon Tissue

    • Sub-Mandibular Gland Tissue

  • 24-Hour Biofluid Sampling
    Population:
    Early to moderate PD and controls
    Request Samples For:
    Assay development/ validation; Biomarker Discovery; Biomarker Replication; Diurnal fluctuation
    Cohort Size
    ~30

    • DNA

    • RNA

    • CSF

    • Whole or Pellet Blood

    • Plasma

    • Serum

    • Urine

    • Saliva

    • Peripheral Mononuclear Blood Cells

    • Fibroblasts

    • Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells

    • Skin Tissue

    • Colon Tissue

    • Sub-Mandibular Gland Tissue

  • Arizona Parkinson's Disease Consortium
    Population:
    PD, other neurodegenerative diseases, neurologically normal elderly controls
    Request Samples For:
    Clinicopathological correlations
    Cohort Size
    450

    • Postmortem CSF

    • Postmortem Blood

    • Postmortem Tissue

Female researcher pipetting in lab.

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