Two decades ago, researchers established that Parkinson’s has a genetic connection. Since then, genetic research has opened up a whole new world of possibilities for understanding, diagnosing and treating Parkinson’s disease (PD). It’s uncovering Parkinson’s pathways and guiding development of therapies that could potentially slow or stop PD. Today, genetic research is one of our best routes to overcoming knowledge and treatment gaps in Parkinson’s.
While many Parkinson’s patients report one or more family members with the disease, it is not always clear that one or several genes are the cause. Scientists currently believe that in the majority of cases, genetic and environmental factors interact to cause Parkinson’s disease. Research into this subject continues aggressively every day.
It’s important to note that if you do have a genetic mutation associated with Parkinson’s you do not have a 100% chance of developing the disease. In fact here are many Parkinson’s risk genes where a mutation means a very small increased likelihood of Parkinson’s.