1 Million Parkinson Sufferers in the USA Get More Hope

Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s Disease.

It is a movement disorder that is chronic and progressive. The cause is unknown and there is no cure.

But the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF) is determined to help find one and this week doled out one million dollars in grants to researchers across the country, including one in Alabama.

Ryan Walsh, M.D., Ph.D., instructor and Schumann Fellow in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Neurology, is one of 14 grant recipients nationwide.

The funding is designed to help researchers understand the causes of Parkinson’s and to find a cure for the disease.

The awards, totaling $1.2 million, will support the work of leading scientists studying this disease.

“The work of this year’s grantees is replete with original ideas for improving our understanding of Parkinson’s disease at the most basic levels, and finding new approaches to treating it,” said Stanley Fahn, M.D., research director for PDF.

Walsh’s research focuses on the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson’s disease as well as experimental studies using MRI to understand the effect of Parkinson’s on the brain.

Some of the most common symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are:

  • Tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
  • Rigidity or stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Bradykinesia or slowness of movement
  • Postural instability or impaired balance and coordination
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