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The Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative is our landmark study launched in 2010 to deepen knowledge of Parkinson's and to better understand its onset and progression to speed the development of new treatments. Learn the latest news from the study here.

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    PPMI Dispatch: More Sites Recruiting While Scientists Uncover New Ways to Predict Parkinson’s

    While the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) starts recruiting volunteers at 26 sites, research into existing data and biosamples continues.

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    PPMI Needs People At Risk for Parkinson’s — Even if Not Diagnosed with PD

    PPMI is entering its next phase: an ambitious expansion of its study population to include individuals without a Parkinson’s diagnosis, but living with certain factors now known to be linked to…

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    My Research Journey: “It’s Never Too Early to Make a Difference”

    Phil Alongi, 67, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2019 and is participating in MJFF’s landmark study to contribute toward a future without PD.

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    My Research Journey: How My Family History Led Me to a Worldwide Parkinson’s Study

    Susan Levy, 68, guest blogger, participates in a Parkinson’s research study as a tribute to her mother who lived with the disease for many years.

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    PPMI Dispatch: Landmark Study Opens Enrollment While Analysis Points to Potential Blood Test for Parkinson’s

    Some sites are enrolling new volunteers into our Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative, and scientists are getting closer to a blood test to track disease progression.

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    Do Different Genders Experience Different Types of Parkinson’s?

    A paper exploring differences in Parkinson’s symptoms and progression between men and women was published in the journal Movement Disorders.

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    PPMI Dispatch: Closer to Predicting Disease Progression and Symptoms

    Findings from our Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative study point to potential ways to measure progression and predict disease.

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