Larapinta Trek for Parkinson’s 2019

Friday, 28 June 2019

Shake It up Founder and CEO Clyde Campbell joined 16 other passionate Shake It Up Supporters to trek the Larapinta Trail.   The team departed on this amazing adventure in late August and you can read about their challenging and inspiring experience below. …

Morgan Stanley Show their Support for Parkinson’s

Friday, 21 June 2019

The team from Morgan Stanley came together yesterday to support their fellow colleague Nikki Blackwood by hosting a morning tea to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s research.  Nikki was just 35 when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and has…

7 Ways to Help Fatigue in Parkinson’s Disease

Friday, 14 June 2019

Fatigue is a common, frustrating Parkinson’s disease symptom. It can feel both physical and mental, from lack of sleep as well as from apathy, another common symptom. Pain from symptoms like rigidity can make falling asleep more difficult. Insomnia is…

Andrew Pengelly Runs 300km

The Source to Salt – Six Marathons in Six Days

Friday, 7 June 2019

Andrew “Pegs” Pengelly is an inspiring story of courage in the face of adversity. After learning of his diagnosis in his early fifties, Andrew set about constructing a new vision for his life. Part of that vision was a plan…

A Brain Wave Test to Diagnose Parkinson’s

Monday, 3 June 2019

A recent study published in eNeuro suggests that a non-invasive brain wave test – an EEG – could help diagnose or measure Parkinson’s disease. Nicole Swann, PhD, and colleagues at the University of Oregon analyzed the EEGs of 15 people with Parkinson’s…

More Alpha-Synuclein in Spinal Fluid Linked to Faster Cognitive Decline

Understanding Alpha-Synuclein and it’s role in Parkinson’s

Saturday, 1 June 2019

Alpha-synuclein is a priority for The Michael J. Fox Foundation. We devote substantial resources to programs that help us better understand its role in Parkinson’s, measure it, and develop that target it. A new finding from MJFF-funded researchers, published recently…

Fiona Hosts a Movie Night for Parkinson’s

Thursday, 30 May 2019

Pause 4 Parkinson’s this year had lots of very creative ideas come through for fundraising events! One great idea came from Fiona, who has previously been featured as a hero for running the City2Surf twice for Shake It Up. This…

Boost your Brain Health

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a “movement” disorder because its most recognisable symptoms are tremor, slowness, stiffness and, for some, walking and balance problems. But it’s also very much a “non-movement” disorder. Some of the most common and bothersome symptoms are…

Moltoni Family Pause 4 Parkinson’s Wrap Up

Friday, 24 May 2019

A few weeks ago, we featured the Moltoni family who had banded together to fundraise for Pause 4 Parkinson’s this year. Their fundraising was so successful that they managed to raise over $12,000 making them the second highest community fundraisers…

Tim runs a half marathon for his mum

Tim Runs a Half Marathon for his Mum

Thursday, 16 May 2019

Inspired by the impact of Parkinson’s on his mum, Tim Ashelford is running a half marathon this weekend to fundraise for Shake It Up. And he’s got some great advice for those looking to ‘shake it up’! What Drives Your…


Placebo and Parkinson’s

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

Many clinical trials use a placebo comparison to evaluate the effect of a new drug or therapy. Some people get the active intervention and some get an inactive “fake” treatment that looks the same as the real thing. Volunteers know…

Apprndix - What is the link to Parkinson's

The Appendix: What is the link to Parkinson’s

Monday, 13 May 2019

A recent study suggests that having your appendix removed (an appendectomy) is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Mohammed Sheriff, MD, of Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, examined the medical records of 62 million patients for…