An Update on Parkinson's Research and One Man's Personal Journey with the Disease

Matthew Farrer, appointed to the Dr. Donald Rix B.C. Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine, works in his lab at the University of B.C. The Province’s Leading Edge Endowment Fund chair supports the world-class scientist’s work in identifying genes related to Parkinson’s, which is expected to lead to therapies that will arrest and prevent the disease. - Flickr user  BC Gov Photos

Matthew Farrer, appointed to the Dr. Donald Rix B.C. Leadership Chair in Genetic Medicine, works in his lab at the University of B.C. The Province’s Leading Edge Endowment Fund chair supports the world-class scientist’s work in identifying genes related to Parkinson’s, which is expected to lead to therapies that will arrest and prevent the disease.

Flickr user BC Gov Photos

An Update on Parkinson's Research and One Man's Personal Journey with the Disease

Nearly 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson's Disease, a neurological movement disorder. The latest research, prospects for a cure and the personal story of political journalist Michael Kinsley.

Every year, 60,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The devastating neurological disorder occurs when cells in the brain don’t produce enough dopamine. Most people know Parkinson’s for its physical symptoms: tremors, stiff muscles and slow movement. But the disease can also be marked by cognitive impairment and depression. And doctors now believe that Parkinson’s can cause changes to the brain years before it presents any physical symptoms. As public awareness increases, a discussion about the latest treatments for Parkinson’s, prospects for a cure, and the personal story of journalist Michael Kinsley.

Guests

Michael Kinsley

journalist and political commentator, contributor to "Vanity Fair" magazine

Dr. Mark Mapstone

neuropsychologist and researcher in the field of cognitive neuroscience,
University of Rochester Medical Center

Dr. Zoltan Mari

Interim Director, the Movement Disorder Center at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; and director, National Parkinson’s Foundation Center of Excellence at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Walter Koroshetz

deputy director, National Institute of Neurological Disorders & Stroke at NIH

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