In April, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) announced a major biomarker breakthrough, opening a new chapter for Parkinson’s research — with the promise of better drug development and care for all people and families living with the disease.
With the new test to detect abnormal alpha-synuclein in spinal fluid, validated by MJFF’s Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI), researchers can objectively define and monitor this pathology for the first time in the living body. The discovery ushers in research on a new generation of treatments that can be tailored to disease subtypes and even unlock the potential to prevent Parkinson’s altogether.
In audio from this special edition webinar of our Third Thursdays Webinars series, listen as MJFF and PPMI experts discuss this groundbreaking discovery, answer your questions and explain the promise this research holds for all people living with Parkinson’s — at every stage of their journey.
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The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s vice president of research communications, Maggie McGuire Kuhl, leads the discussion with:
Sohini Chowdhury; chief program officer, MJFF
Rachel Dolhun, MD, DipABLM; senior vice president of medical communications, MJFF
Ken Marek, MD; principal investigator, Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative; president and co-founder, Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders
View a transcript of this podcast.
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