Monday, March 10, 2014

Doing Good: The Michael J. Fox Foundation Requests

Note: I was tapped by the Michael J. Fox Foundation to get the word out, and I love helping amazing causes change the face of disease, so please, if you can, spread the word, too. 



Needed: Clinical trial participants for a large-scale study.

Like HEXA in Tay-Sachs and BRCA in breast cancer, research suggests that a gene called LRRK2 is responsible for an estimated 15 percent of Parkinson’s disease cases in people of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish ancestry. Because of this, the foundation recently launched a clinical study focused on Parkinson’s disease and genetics. 

The study, the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) is seeking individuals who meet either of the following criteria to complete a brief survey:
  • People with PD who are of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish, North African Berber, or Basque ancestry
  • People without PD who are related to someone with PD AND who are of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish, North African Berber, or Basque ancestry
Just click on this survey to see if you can help! 

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