Archive | July, 2013

Local online newsmagazine profiles PPMI at Emory University

The Atlanta Business Chronicle recently published an article featuring PPMI at Emory University. PPMI Site PI Stewart Factor was interviewed for the piece, and highlighted the clinical significance of the prodromal cohort.

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MJFF hosts Webinar featuring PPMI PI Ken Marek

On June 27th, the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) hosted a Hot Topics in Parkinson's Disease Webinar featuring Ken Marek, PPMI Principal Investigator and President of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders, and Mark Frasier, MJFF Vice President of Research Programs. The webinar focused on the role of biomarkers in clinical care and research, and an overview of PPMI.

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SciBX report on MJFF’s progress in biomarkers features PPMI

Last week, the Science-Business eXchange (SciBX) published an article on the availability of data and biospecimens from several studies sponsored by The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), including PPMI. The article also focuses on the preliminary findings in CSF proteins in PPMI, as well as the potential for overlap with Alzheimer's disease.

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PPMI Study to add new Genetic Cohort

The PPMI Steering Committee has decided to expand PPMI to include a Genetic Cohort. It is hoped that this additional cohort, called G-PPMI, will provide researchers with the opportunity to examine biomarker progression in this unique group of subjects. The PPMI study has built a robust infrastructure of sites and cores with well-defined processes to ensure standardization across sites that will be to support the Genetic Cohort. G-PPMI is currently in the planning phase.

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Smell Identification Test in PPMI featured in Alabama news blog

Dr. David Standaert, PPMI Site PI at The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), was featured on local Alabama news blog AL.com discussing the recruitment of hyposmic subjects in the new Prodromal Cohort of PPMI.

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First prodromal subject enrolled in PPMI

Today marks a critical milestone for the PPMI study. The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) has enrolled the first subject in the Prodromal Cohort of PPMI. UAB is one of eight sites currently participating in the recruitment of REM Sleep Behavior Disorder (RBD) subjects for the Prodromal Cohort, and this first enrolled subject qualified for the RBD Prodromal arm of the study

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New publication on CSF biomarkers features PPMI data

Les Shaw and John Q. Trojanowski, Co-PI's of the PPMI Bioanalytics Core, are co-authors on a paper published in Acta Neuropathologica that used both PPMI and ADNI data to look at correlations between CSF biomarkers and cognitive impairment.

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PPMI Site PI and study participant featured on ABC News in Philadelphia

Dr. Matthew Stern, Site PI at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and Robert Sims, a PPMI participant, were featured on ABC News HealthCheck discussing the importance of the study. The story also called for volunteers to participate in the prodromal cohort of the study.

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PPMI focus on Hyposmia profiled in two Connecticut newspapers

Earlier this month, two Connecticut newspapers - the New Haven Register and ctpost.com - reported on PPMI efforts to identify individuals with a reduced sense of smell for enrollment in the prodromal cohort. The New Haven Register also features a video of Dr. David Russell, Associate Clinical Research Director of the Institute for Neurodegenerative Disorders, describing the Smell Identification Test (UPSIT).

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MJFF launches new opportunity for data and biospecimen analysis, including PPMI

MJFF has brought together international sites collecting clinical data and biological information through several studies with standardized protocols and collection methods, including PPMI. Qualified researchers may now request access to data and/or biospecimens from one or more of these studies. MJFF will also review requests for funding to analyze the information and materials available, and there will be conference calls to clarify and explain the goals of this initiative and to answer applicant questions.

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