Biospecimen Analysis Call for Participants Posted

On June 10, enrolled participants joined Brit Mollenhauer, MD on a call to learn more about the analysis of the samples they provide as part of their study participation.  Mollenhauer is very familiar with the entire biospecimen process, from participant to analysis, as she is the co-principal investigator of the PPMI Bioanalytics Core as well as a site investigator at the Paracelsus Elena Klink in Kassel, Germany.

PPMI collects blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in order to analyze whole blood, plasma, serum, DNA, RNA, urine, and CSF.  On the call, Mollenhauer explains the particularly keen interest researchers have in the CSF data, saying that CSF “bears the possibility to reflect the underlying biology of the disease process.”  Listen to the audio of the call to learn more about the analysis of CSF and the other specimens.

This presentation was part of the Study Update Call series.  Each quarter, enrolled participants are invited to join a call where they can hear updates on the study, the research and scientific advancements coming out of PPMI, and the processes the investigators use to study the data, imaging, and biospecimens.  It is also an opportunity for participants to directly ask questions to researchers.  You can listen to Dr. Mollenhauer?s presentation along with the other past calls on For Enrolled Participants.

The next call will be on  September 15 when Dr. Tanya Simuni of the PPMI Sleep Working Group will discuss the research being done around sleep in PPMI.  Please contact your local study site coordinator for the call-in information.