1. Biomarker Breakthrough w/ Debi Brooks CEO of The Michael J Fox Foundation Curiouscast 33:14

The banner headline on the homepage of the Michael J. Fox Foundation’s website reads “Breaking News: Parkinson’s Disease Biomarker Found.” It sounds exciting, but what does it really mean?

Debi Brooks, CEO and cofounder of The Michael J. Fox Foundation, joins Larry Gifford for a chat about what she says is the most important finding the Foundation has discovered in its history. It is already changing the way researchers recruit for some studies. It will lead to faster diagnosis, more customized and personalized treatment, faster, cheaper, more targeted pharmaceuticals, and ultimately it is another step closer to stopping Parkinson’s in its tracks.

Important Links

The Lancet Neurology Article

The Michael J. Fox Foundation Coverage of the Biomarker

PPMI: The Study That’s Changing Everything

STAT Article featuring Michael J. Fox’s reaction

Michael J. Fox Op-Ed for STAT

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