Tag: Parkinson’s Research Community

23andMe Looks Back One More Time

In honor of the Chinese New Year, we’re taking one last look at the genetic milestones of 2013. From a Supreme Court ruling on patenting genes, to Angelina Jolie’s bold revelations about her genetic risk for breast cancer, to the FDA ordering 23andMe to stop offering health results pending a regulatory ...

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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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People Powered Research at 23andMe

There are a lot of reasons why Thelma Ackley signed up for 23andMe — she’s fascinated by her ancestry and she's curious about her health — but the main reason is her husband and her six grandchildren. A few years ago her husband Jim, a former engineer, developed Parkinson’s disease. The neurodegenerative ...

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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 Goes to Washington

As we near our goal of enrolling 10,000 patients in 23andMe’s Parkinson’s research community, we are ever more eager to share what we are doing. Last month our CEO, Anne Wojcicki, along with our Parkinson’s research manager Emily Drabant, went to Washington D.C with two friends of 23andMe — Maryum Ali, a ...

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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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23andMe and Parkinson’s: Past, Present, and Future

What Causes Parkinson's Disease? The symptoms of Parkinson’s are thought to stem from a loss of dopamine-producing brain cells that normally control movement, but what causes these cells to die off in the first place is difficult to answer. Toxins and other environmental factors can play a role, but ...

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Ride With Larry

Andrew Rubin and Ricardo Villarreal’s film Ride With Larry is about more than a guy with Parkinson’s pedaling across South Dakota. It's about the singular idea that whatever life throws at you the best choice is to live to the fullest. “I’ll never give up,” Larry Smith says at one point during the film. ...

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