Parkinson’s results from the deterioration of neurons in part of the brain called the basal ganglia.
Our study found lower levels of one type of immune cell – which may even be seen years before a person develops the disease.
Neurotrophic factors play an important role in protecting neurons – which is why researchers are investigating them as a treatment for Parkinson’s.
Parkinson’s disease may be diagnosed by looking for subtle changes in eye movements and thinning of retina layers.
Thomas Durcan’s lab is growing 3D mini-brains in the search for a cure for Parkinson’s disease. Over the next year he is giving all his lab’s protocols, methods and results away.
Alan Alda announced July 31, 2018 that he’s been living with Parkinson’s Disease. An expert on the disease explains new drugs and treatments.
There’s optimism that the identification of genes linked to Parkinson’s could lead to better treatments.