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New Gene Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Researchers recently added to the list of Parkinson’s-associated genes when they identified mutations on TMEM230  linked to the disease. Discovery of this gene provides a new potential therapeutic target for PD treatment. A group of scientists searched for differences in…

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Ask the MD: Head Trauma and Parkinson’s Disease

Monday, 20 June 2016

The possible connection between head trauma and Parkinson’s is illustrated — perhaps nowhere more prominently — by Muhammad Ali’s diagnosis of young-onset Parkinson’s disease (PD) following a career in boxing. Many have wondered whether repeated hits to the head caused his PD….

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Connecting supporters directly with researchers

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Last Friday Shake It Up CEO, Ben Young hosted a research information session in Brisbane where supporters had the opportunity to hear directly from researchers at The University of Queensland. Associate Professor Trent Woodruff and Dr Richard Gordon shared their…

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Maintaining momentum in the quest for a cure

Monday, 9 May 2016

It is true that Shake It Up has had a very significant period of Parkinson’s research funding announcements over the last couple of months. Whilst we are thrilled to share news of these projects with you, our supporters, we also…

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Shake It Up and Parkinson’s Victoria working together

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

On Monday 11 April, Shake It Up Australia and Parkinson’s Victoria announced their firm commitment to work together in the area of research funding for the benefit of the entire Parkinson’s Community. In a challenging fiscal environment, the two organisations…

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Researchers Looking to Improve Diagnosis of Parkinson’s

Thursday, 14 April 2016

No objective measurement — or biomarker — currently exists to diagnose Parkinson’s disease (PD). Instead, doctors must rely on a person’s medical history and physical examination to recognize the disease. This can sometimes result in missed or incorrect diagnoses, so significant…

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Fourth new research project announced in four weeks

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Shake It Up and The Michael J. Fox Foundation are on a roll! Today we share with you our commitment to fund another world class Australian research project – the fourth such announcement in four weeks! It comes less than…

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Yet another project funded!

Monday, 4 April 2016

Today Shake It Up shares yet another recently funded project. This is the third project we have shared in three weeks and it is part of the $1.6M worth of research that the Shake It Up / Michael J. Fox…

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Free research information session in Brisbane

Thursday, 31 March 2016

Shake It Up Australia Foundation, in partnership with The Michael J. Fox Foundation is the largest non-government funder of Parkinson’s research in Australia. One of the significant projects being funded is at The University of Queensland and we are inviting…

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Measuring Parkinson’s Protein throughout Body

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Alpha-synuclein — the protein that clumps in brain cells of people with Parkinson’s — is not only a therapeutic target but also may be a measure of disease. Today, The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) launched the Systemic Synuclein Sampling Study…