Two decades ago, researchers established that Parkinson's has a genetic connection. Since then, genetic research has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for understanding, diagnosing and treating Parkinson's disease (PD). It's uncovering Parkinson's pathways and guiding development of therapies that could potentially slow or stop PD. Today, genetic research is one of our best routes to overcoming knowledge and treatment gaps in Parkinson's.
Watch the fourth video of our whiteboard series to learn more about genetics, how genetics play a role in Parkinson's, and what genetic research is teaching us about the disease.
Genetics and Parkinson's is a complicated topic, and it can raise many questions. For more information on participating in genetic research or genetic testing, check out our Trial Participant Pack, which includes a book (Chapter 3 covers genetics), videos and other resources.
Ready to move research forward? Join Fox Insight, MJFF's online clinical study gathering data on the lived experience with PD. Eligible participants with Parkinson's also can contribute their genetic information to give researchers a more holistic picture of the disease.
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