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Parkinson’s Institute needs volunteers for study

Sunnyvale Sun, http://www.mercurynews.com/my-town/ci_24422043/sunnyvale-shorts-parkinsons-institute-needs-volunteers-study

The Parkinson’s Institute and Clinical Center of Sunnyvale announced that it will be one of 23 official clinical sites of the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative’s new arm to study at-risk populations for Parkinson’s disease.

The initiative will enroll participants who do not have Parkinson’s disease, but who do have one of two features that can precede Parkinson’s in some people: a reduced sense of smell (hyposmia) or rapid-eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD).

It will also enroll people with a mutation in the LRRK2 gene–the single greatest genetic contributor to Parkinson’s disease known to date.

For information about participating in the study, call Parkinson’s Institute site coordinator Linda Rees at 408.542.5664.

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