Researchers at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Brisbane are undertaking ground-breaking research to help identify genetic factors influencing risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. This research, named the Australian Parkinson’s Genetics Study (APGS), will contribute towards the largest study of Parkinson’s genetics ever undertaken, the Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program (GP2).
The APGS aims to crack the genetic code of Parkinson’s by helping to identify the hundreds of genetic variants that influence a person’s risk of developing the condition and its various symptoms. Understanding how genes are implicated in the disease process can provide insights and revolutionise future research into the causes, treatment, and prevention of the illness and its progression, and enable the development of new, more effective, and more personalised treatments for the disease.
However, this revolutionary study will only be possible with the participation of thousands of real patients. The APGS researchers aim to recruit 10,000 Australian residents (male or female) who have been diagnosed with, and medically treated for, Parkinson’s disease. Shake It Up is calling on all Australian’s living with Parkinson’s to participate in this study.
“We still have much to discover about the disease and its progression and this study will provide valuable new data for researchers working on new treatments to slow and stop disease progression. We are truly on the edge of a potential medical breakthrough in our lifetime, which could change the face of the disease. To make that possible we need those living with Parkinson’s to sign up for this study so we can understand its complexities which they can do from the comfort of their own home. Let’s crack this genetic code so we can make a difference to what living with Parkinson’s looks like in the future,” said Clyde Campbell, Founder & CEO, Shake It Up Australia Foundation.
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Volunteers without Parkinson’s can now support genetics research
The Australian Parkinson’s Genetics Study (APGS) is searching for individuals aged 45 and older who don’t have Parkinson’s to join our control group. With the support of the Shake It Up Australia Foundation and The Michael J. Fox Foundation, our goal is to identify the genetic factors that impact a person’s risk for Parkinson’s and its symptoms.
By participating in the APGS control group, you’ll play a vital role in revolutionizing Parkinson’s research and the development of more effective and personalized treatments. Our study will compare the genetic profiles of individuals with and without Parkinson’s to uncover variables that are associated with the disease and uncover new therapeutic targets.
Participation is easy and can be done from the comfort of your own home. Simply visit our website (www.qimrberghofer.edu.au/apgs), click on “If you DO NOT have Parkinson’s disease, click here to participate” and follow the steps to join. If you have Parkinson’s but haven’t yet registered, it’s not too late! We welcome your participation as well.
Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to make a difference in the fight against Parkinson’s!