Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative
Michael J Fox Foundation: Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative Genetics
PI: Douglas Galasko, MD Contact: Deborah Fontaine, NP 858-822-4800
Time involved: 3 years (approximately 4 visits in the first year and only 2 visits/year in the subsequent years
Description: The Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) is The Michael J. Fox Foundation's flagship biomarkers study seeking to learn more about the genetics of Parkinson's disease. PPMI is currently studying the connection between PD and having a mutation in the LRRK2 gene — the single most common genetic contributor to PD. Whether you have PD or not, you may be eligible to receive genetic counseling and testing at no cost to determine if you qualify to participate in PPMI.
Requirements: This arm of the study is for
People with Parkinson's who are of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish, North African Berber, or Basque ancestry.
- Individuals without PD who are related to someone with PD AND who are of Eastern European (Ashkenazi) Jewish, North African Berber, or Basque ancestry.
For more information or to take an online survey to determine your potential eligibility for participation. Please visit: https://www.michaeljfox.org/get-involved/genetics-survey-screen.php