Author Archives: Mary Chapman

Parkinson’s UK Opens Campaign to Heighten Awareness, Empathy

Building upon previous efforts, Parkinson’s UK has opened a monthlong marketing campaign aiming for a better understanding of Parkinson’s disease — particularly among young adults — and of the daily challenges facing patients, caregivers, and family members. Specifically, the group wants to help people more deeply understand and care…

Virtual Reality Games Take Aim at Trunk Control in Parkinson’s

A Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) team is developing immersive virtual reality “games” to help those with movement disorders, including Parkinson’s disease. Led by James S. Thomas, PhD, a physical therapy professor, the multidisciplinary science team at VCU’s Motor Control Lab in the College of Health Professions hope these…

Norton Neuroscience Institute Expands Parkinson’s Care, Research

Due in large part to a $15 million Norton Healthcare Foundation investment, the Norton Neuroscience Institute (NNI) has expanded to offer state-of-the-art technologies and enhanced amenities for people with Parkinson’s and other neurological diseases. The newly opened center at the Louisville, Kentucky-based nonprofit institute, which serves its regional community,…

MJFF Fellow Working to Raise Black, Minority Presence in Research

A Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) research fellow is leading a study into the role of social determinants in medical mistrust and the lack of clinical trial participation by people with diseases such as Parkinson’s who belong to racial, ethnic and social minority groups. Paris Adkins-Jackson’s study, titled “…

Tour de Fox, MJFF Fundraiser, Welcomes Cyclists on Aug. 28

It’s been a long, evolutionary road for The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s (MJFF) annual Tour de Fox fundraiser, which kicks off virtually this year on Aug. 28. The worldwide cycling event invites riders of all ages and abilities to put on helmets, check bike tire pressure, and take…

Fox Foundation Honors Advocacy of Lawmakers, Community Leaders

A television producer, legislators, and movement disorder specialists are among recent recipients of The Michael J. Fox Foundation’s (MJFF) 2020 Parkinson’s Advocacy Awards. The annual presentation, which this year took place virtually at the organization’s Parkinson’s Policy Forum, recognizes individuals or groups that do outstanding work advocating on behalf…

Peruvian Family Sell Their Home to Afford Mother’s DBS Treatment

Dorys, a 66-year-old woman with Parkinson’s who lives in Peru, was able to be treated for her progressive disease through an extreme sacrifice: the sale of her family’s home. Diagnosed 15 years earlier, the disease had rendered Dorys unable to do much of anything. Her physicians suggested a surgical treatment…

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