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PPMI: The Study that Could Change Everything (Webinar)

Over the past decade, the Foundation's landmark Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) has changed how research is done and what scientists know about the brain. In this audio from our Third Thursdays Webinar, expert panelists discuss the study’s expansion, impact and the critical role of volunteers in speeding a cure.

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Moderator Sohini Chowdhury, MJFF Deputy CEO, Head of Research, leads a discussion with expert panelists:

  • Ken Marek, MD, president and senior scientist of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders, principal investigator of PPMI 
  • Ray James, RN, nurse specialist in the Parkinson Disease and Movement Disorders Center at Boston University Medical Campus, PPMI study coordinator at Boston University
  • Jen Gaudio, diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010, one of the first PPMI participants at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Jerry Pollack, father, brother and sister had Parkinson’s, PPMI participant at the University of Washington and VA Puget Sound Health Care System

View a transcript of this podcast.

PPMI is open to anyone over age 18 in the U.S. Learn more and join the study that could change everything at

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