Archive | May, 2014

Participant Newsletter & CSF Teleconference Posted

The latest PPMI participant newsletter and study update call have been posted to the Enrolled Participants page. These detail the genetics cohort, research using PPMI cerebrospinal fluid (CSF), and more.

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Funding and Access to Multiple-Resource Data & Specimens with One Application

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research has supported several pre-clinical and clinical efforts that have generated valuable data, biospecimens, and tissue resources for the research community. Qualified researchers may request access to these resources (including PPMI) with or without funding requests by using a single application through Access Data & Biospecimens.

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Research Using PPMI Data Examines Cortical Thinning and Initial Cognitive Decline in Early Parkinson’s (Neurology)

Neurology published research investigating the link between cortical thinning and cognitive decline in early Parkinson?s disease using the PPMI data. Daniel Weintraub, PhD, the chair of the PPMI Cognitive/Behavioral Working Group, co-authored the paper.

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New Industry Partner: Piramal

Piramal has become a PPMI industry partner. Industry partners are contributing to PPMI through financial and in-kind donations and are playing a lead role in providing feedback on study parameters through the Industry Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB). Through close interaction with the study, the ISAB is positioned to inform the selection and review of potential progression markers that could be used in clinical testing.

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Cerebrospinal Fluid Data Posted to PPMI

Data from the analysis of baseline CSF samples are now available on the PPMI study database. 1,266 CSF samples from all 666 PPMI (PD, Healthy subject, SWEDD) baseline visits and 300 longitudinal visits (6 and 12 month from those subjects who have reached their 12 month visit) have been analyzed for alpha-synuclein (?-SYN), A?1-42, total tau (t-tau), and tau phosphorylated at threonine 181 (p-tau) and data is now available on the PPMI website.

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