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Read the latest developments, reporting and analysis from the world of Parkinson's research, including progress made in studies, tools and collaborations funded by The Michael J. Fox Foundation.


  • Alpha-Synuclein

    Ask the PhD: Understanding the Forms of Alpha-Synuclein

    In our new Ask the PhD series, staff scientists and grantees provide a deep dive into important aspects of our research portfolio and priorities.

  • Dr. Marissa Dean speaking at a podium at the 2018 Edmond J. Safra "Fellowship Symposium Day."

    Edmond J. Safra Fellow Finds Passion in Education

    Dr. Marissa Dean completed an Edmond J. Safra Fellowship in Movement Disorders in 2018 and enjoys equipping her patients with information they need.

  • Four beakers lined up on a table in a lab.

    A Brain Wave Test to Diagnose Parkinson’s?

    In a recent study, researchers saw differences on brain wave tests in people with and without Parkinson’s, suggesting that EEGs could be a potential diagnostic tool.

  • Female researcher in the lab wearing goggles while looking at a scan on the computer screen.

    The Appendix: What's the Link to Parkinson's?

    A recent study links appendix removal to increased risk of Parkinson’s, but other studies have shown decreased risk with appendectomy. So which is it?

  • Testing Materials

    Ask the PhD: Parkinson's and the Microbiome

    In our new Ask the PhD series, staff scientists and grantees provide a deep dive into important aspects of our research portfolio and priorities.

  • Fox DEN venn diagram -- a data and analytics resource for the research community.

    Fox DEN Is Our New Data Platform Combining Patient-Reported Outcomes and Genetic Information

    MJFF and 23andMe have launched the Fox Insight Data Exploration Network, a resource for the research community.

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