Tag: Michael J. Fox Foundation

New Parkinson’s Findings Published

A large new study spearheaded by researchers with the National Institute on Aging that involved scientists from more than 50 different institutions worldwide — including 23andMe — has found new genetic risks for Parkinson’s disease. Published in this week’s Nature Genetics, the study is significant for ...

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Parkinson’s Symptoms Different For Men and Women

(Editor's note: The first sentence in this post has been corrected. An editing error included the statement that preliminary research showed that onset for Parkinson's in women begins earlier. That is not the case. ) The 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Community continues to fuel insights into the disease, with ...

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Getting In the Race

A friend of Gwen Schroeder once told her: “Don’t cheer from the sidelines if you can run the race.” So when her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Gwen laced up her shoes. A post-production manager who works in New York City for the TED Conferences, Gwen signed up to run a marathon to raise ...

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23andMe Reaches Parkinson’s Research Goal

We’re excited to announce that the 23andMe Parkinson’s Research Community has exceeded its goal, enrolling more than 10,000 people with the disease and creating the largest cohort of genotyped people with Parkinson’s in the world. Reaching this milestone offers scientists an incredible opportunity to better ...

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23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Featured on NPR

Our Parkinson’s research community got some welcome attention from NPR on Monday just as we are on the cusp of reaching our goal of enrolling 10,000 patients. The piece featured Emily Drabant, PhD, 23andMe’s research manager for our Parkinson’s community, and focused on our model of engaging patients as ...

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23andMe’s Parkinson’s Community is Almost There

23andMe's Emily Drabant, PhD, speaking at a Parkinson's event in Iowa. 23andMe is tantalizingly close to reaching the goal of enrolling 10,000 patients in our Parkinson’s research community. We’re past the 8,000 mark and the pace of enrollment is now more than two-and-a-half times what was a year ago, but ...

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Why Not Participate? One Patient’s Perspective

This post first ran a few days ago on the Michael J. Fox Foundation blog. We liked it so much we're re-posting it here. Please take a look and, if you have Parkinson's, think about joining Gary and thousands of others and sign up and be part of our Parkinson's research community. By Lauren Anderson For ...

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Announcing 23andMe’s First Patent

[Ed: A clarifying addendum has been added to the end of this post. - 6/01/12] 23andMe has a substantial research arm with more than 20 scientists dedicated to making meaningful discoveries that will improve the lives of all of us.  We’ve made a number of discoveries that we’ve published in peer reviewed ...

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Michael J. Fox, Our Big-Time Hero

Todd Sherer, CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, with Michael J. Fox and Anne Wojcicki Michael J. Fox is a great actor, but his smiles and good humor during a visit to 23andMe headquarters in Mountain View this week were fully sincere. “I really mean what I say when I express optimism, positivity and ...

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The State of the Science of Parkinson’s Research

Recently, Todd Sherer, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF), Brian Fiske, vice president of research programs at MJFF, and Emily Drabant, 23andMe’s research manager for its Parkinson’s community, sat down and took stock of the recent advances in Parkinson’s research. Their conversation centered ...

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