While everyone who has Parkinson’s shares the same diagnosis, each person’s experience of the disease can vary greatly. As Michael J. Fox once observed, “Everyone gets their own version of Parkinson’s disease. Unfortunately none comes with operating guide.” But what if there were operating instructions? What if we figured out a way to treat each person’s based on their specific symptoms or disease type? It’s an approach often referred to as personalized medicine.
“Personalized medicine or precision medicine is this really compelling idea that if we can better understand not just the clinical symptoms someone has but actually their underlying disease biology, we can tailor treatments that target that underlying biology of the disease and therefore more optimally treat the patient," said Brian Fiske, PhD, Senior Vice President of Research Programs at The Michael J. Fox Foundation.
In our latest podcast, Dr. Fiske explains how we're moving closer to personalized medicine for Parkinson's disease. Hear more from Dr. Fiske and other panelists on this topic in our next Third Thursdays Webinar: "Would One Parkinson's Treatment Fit All?" on April 21, 2016 at 12 p.m. ET/9 a.m. PT. Register now.