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Recently Diagnosed with Parkinson’s? Why Your Participation in Research Could Speed a Cure

Many people with Parkinson’s wish they had participated in research early in their disease course, a stage of particular value for researchers working toward cures. Listen as experts discuss why this is so important, especially for the Foundation’s landmark Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI). This episode takes a closer look at PPMI, the study’s expansion and impact and why volunteers are crucially needed.

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In this episode, host and person with Parkinson's Larry Gifford leads a discussion with expert panelists:

  • Phil Alongi, media executive diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2019, PPMI participant at the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders
  • Lana Chahine, MD, assistant professor of neurology at the University of Pittsburgh

View a transcript of this podcast.

Recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s? Connect with the PPMI team today at

PPMI is open to anyone over age 18 in the U.S. Learn more at

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