Tag Archive | "Scientific News"

Publication Associates RBD with Worse Motor Symptoms in PD

New research from Johns Hopkins University using PPMI baseline data from Parkinson's patients has found that those experiencing REM sleep behavior disorder (RBD) symptoms have more severe motor symptoms than patients without RBD. The findings were published in the journal Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements.

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PPMI Annual Meeting 2014 Summary

On May 6 and 7, PPMI held its 2014 Annual Investigators Meeting in New York, NY. Participants included site investigators and coordinators, study and sponsor staff, industry partners, and Steering Committee, Patient Advisory Committee, and study core members representing 15 countries and about 60 companies and organizations. View this year's presentations.

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PPMI Presentations at MDS 2014 Stockholm

PPMI will be well-represented at the International Parkinson and Movement Disorders Society's upcoming 18th annual congress happening June 8-12 in Stockholm, Sweden. Find out when and where to view the PPMI posters and presentations.

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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 Feature: PPMI Imaging Inventory

An inventory of the available imaging from PPMI is now viewable on the Access Data & Specimens page on www.ppmi-info.org. The inventory table is updated in real-time, providing researchers with a summary of what images are available before they submit a request for access.

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New Feature: PPMI Baseline Data Summary Pages

With the collection of the baseline data from the de novo PD and Health Control subjects complete, PPMI has made Baseline Summary tables available to researchers with access to the database. These pages give researchers a snapshot of what the Baseline Data looks like.

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PPMI Hits 100,000 Data Downloads Milestone

PPMI has reached an exciting milestone!  As of this week, there have been more than 100,000 downloads of the data to date.  The PPMI data has been downloaded across the globe by researchers at Universities, Research Institutions, Biotech Companies, and Pharmaceutical companies.  To get access to the PPMI data, request access here.

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On the Heels of NYSCF Partnership, MJFF hosts Podcast

After the announcement that The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute will partner with PPMI to generate stem cell lines from PPMI participants, The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) hosted a podcast entitled "Whatever Happened to Stem Cells?". MJFF Contributing Editor Dave Iverson reported on the new technology NYSCF will use and the current state of stem cell research in Parkinson's disease.

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MJFF CEO reflects on The Economist article; highlights PPMI

In response to a recent article in The Economist that revealed the challenges in replicating landmark scientific findings, Todd Sherer, PhD, CEO of The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF), wrote a blog depicting the infrastructure and best practices the Foundation has implemented to encourage reproducible findings in PD research. Dr. Sherer draws attention to PPMI as a key example, citing the availability of data in real-time to the broader research community as a way to promote replication.

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PPMI Prodromal Profiled in UK Financial Times

Financial Times, a UK-based newspaper, recently profiled PPMI site Imperial College London (ICL) and the recruitment of hyposmic individuals. The article focuses on the link between olfactory dysfunction and Parkinson's disease, and gives a recap of the efforts the PPMI team at ICL have done attempting to recruit for this new prodromal cohort.

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