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Parkinson’s disease study needs those without the illness


HOUSTON – To help researchers understand potential risk factors for Parkinson’s disease, the Parkinson Disease Center and Movement Disorder Clinic at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) will participate in the new arm of the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative’s (PPMI) study sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF).

The PPMI study, launched in 2010 and funded by a consortium of 13 industry partners in conjunction with MJFF, was created to define biomarkers of the disease and now seeks to better understand potential risk factors. BCM has been participating since the study’s launch.

This new arm of the study is specifically focusing on three potential risk factors: a reduced sense of smell (hyposmia); rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD); or a mutation in the LRRK2 gene (the single most important genetic contributor to PD).

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