Parkinson’s Awareness Month

Beth N. PeshkinTidbits

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. How many people have contributed to the largest Parkinson’s disease (PD) biobank in the world?

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Thus far, over 11,000 individuals have contributed to PD research through the California-based company 23andMe. Researchers have identified 8 new genetic associations with PD. Through a partnership with Genentech, 3,000 individuals and their first-degree relatives will undergo gene sequencing to help identify new treatments for the disease.