Volunteers wanted for world’s biggest Parkinson’s study

Volunteers wanted for Parkinson's studyCharity Parkinson’s UK is searching for 3,000 Parkinson’s sufferers to take part in a study called ‘Tracking Parkinson’s’, which will look into possible causes of the disease.

The charity is investing over £1.6 million into the research and experts hope the findings will improve the chances of finding a cure for Parkinson’s.

 

Who are they looking for?

Researchers would like to meet people who have:

  1. been diagnosed within the last three years
  2. were under the age of 50 when they were diagnosed.

The project will launch at the start of Parkinson’s Awareness Week. This will be led from the University of Glasgow and linked to around 50 different centres across the UK.

Director of research and innovation at Parkinson’s UK, Dr Kieran Breen, said: “Identifying biomarkers is key and would revolutionise the diagnosis and management of Parkinson’s. Finding a cure for Parkinson’s is like building a gigantic jigsaw, but we still have a number of the pieces missing. This vital new study will help us fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge.”

If you would like to find out more, or volunteer to take part in this ground-breaking study, please take a look at the Parkinson’s UK website.

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