Parkinson's In the Media

October 2011 Monthly Message

Mutations in Stress Response Gene Identified in Parkinson Disease
Genetic Engineering News
Scientists have linked mutations in a gene involved in regulating cells’ responses to stress with the development of Parkinson disease (PD). Alterations in EIF4G1 (eukaryotic translation initiation factor 4-gamma 1) that result in an amino acid change were initially identified in members of a large French family who developed autosomal-dominant late-onset PD, and who didn’t carry other known genetic causes of parkinsonism. Researchers for the international consortium subsequently identified mutations in the same gene among a cohort of thousands of patients with sporadic and familial PD, but not in control subjects. More…

Four new members appointed to National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council
National Institutes of Health
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) announced that four new members have joined its National Advisory Neurological Disorders and Stroke Council. The council serves as the principal advisory body to NINDS regarding the institute’s research program planning and priorities. More…

Strong CNS Product Pipelines Are Attracting High Numbers of Clinical Trials
In recent years there has been an increase in the quantity of clinical trials conducted on central nervous system diseases, according to a new report available on Clinical trials for CNS indications are proving attractive to pharmaceutical companies, as there is strong patient demand for safe and effective therapies. More…

YouTube videos can inaccurately depict Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders
Looking online for medical information? Viewers beware, doctors caution. After reviewing the most frequently watched YouTube videos about movement disorders, a group of neurologists found that the people in the videos often do not have a movement disorder. As described in a Letter to the Editor in this week's New England Journal of Medicine, such medical misinformation may confuse patients suffering from devastating neurological disorders and seeking health information and advice online. More…

Investigators Get $8M to Set Up Parkinson’s Brain Bank
Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) will give Banner Sun Health Research Institute (BSHRI) and Mayo Clinic Arizona an $8 million, five-year grant to support a "National Brain and Tissue Resource for Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders." More…

Freed: New hope for Parkinson's treatment
Aurora Sentinel
Through the lens of a microscope, the dividing cells look like snowflakes. Dr. Curt Freed, head of the Division of Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Colorado Hospital is marveling at the Petri dish of human embryonic stem cells on Sept. 23 that, with the help of other chemicals, are separating into dopamine neurons. More…