Sumary of USC Stevens INI launches a $3 million study to solve some puzzles about Parkinson’s disease:
- The USC Mark and Mary Stevens Neuroimaging and Informatics Institute (USC Stevens INI), part of the Keck School of Medicine of USC, has launched a $3 million study that will unite researchers and data from 20 countries to answer some of the most pressing questions about Parkinson’s disease (PD).
- This new grant will tackle some of the major puzzles about how PD progresses in the brain, and how treatment can protect against those changes.
- Thompson, PhD, principal investigator of the new initiative and associate director, USC Stevens INI The researchers have already conducted one of the largest internationally coordinated analyses of PD brain imaging data.
- Researchers will also investigate genetic factors that contribute to PD risk, with a particular focus on how different genes increase the risk of developing PD in individuals with European versus Asian ancestry.
- Related StoriesThe grant funds researchers who are collecting data in historically understudied regions, including Taiwan, South Africa, and Siberia.
- Thompson will lead the effort in conjunction with Kathleen Poston, MD, of Stanford University and Ysbrand van der Werf, PhD, of Amsterdam University Medical Centers in the Netherlands.
- ENIGMA-PD builds on the success of the Enhancing Neuro Imaging Genetics through Meta-Analysis (ENIGMA) consortium, which unites neuroimaging researchers in 45 countries to study a variety brain diseases and processes.