23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Community is by far the world’s largest re-contactable deeply phenotyped cohort for Parkinson’s disease research.

New Genetic Associations Found

Over the last decade data from this community has contributed significantly to new insights into Parkinson’s disease. This includes the discovery of 90 genetic variants associated with Parkinson’s disease. These findings give scientists potential pathways for future research and insight into possible new drug targets to treat Parkinson’s. 

New Phenotypes

23andMe researchers have also identified more than 100 phenotypic — or non-genetic traits or characteristics — associations with Parkinson’s. This offers the potential for earlier detection of the disease. 23andMe researchers and our collaborators have also published dozens of papers on Parkinson’s. With our collaborators, we have also opened an online portal to provide qualified Parkinson’s researchers’ access to its aggregate-level, de-identified data.

Raising Awareness of Parkinson’s Disease

April 06, 2021
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month. It also marks the 12th anniversary of 23andMe’s groundbreaking Parkinson’s Research community, which is now the largest genetic research cohort for Parkinson’s disease in the...
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23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Community, More than a Decade of Discovery  

April 02, 2020
As part of Parkinson's Awareness month, 23andME looks back over the now 11 years since we formed the Parkinson's Research Community and note some of what we've accomplished.
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October Insights into Parkinson’s Research

November 12, 2018
An update on recruitment for the Fox Insights Parkinson's research initiative.
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23andMe employees come together to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease

May 09, 2018
At 23andMe, we are committed to accelerating and advancing Parkinson’s disease research. So when April comes around, employees make a point of honoring Parkinson’s Awareness Month.As we’ve done in the...
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Update on 23andMe Parkinson’s disease research

October 06, 2017
Participants in the 23andMe Parkinson’s disease research initiative have contributed a vast amount of data, that has enabled our researchers and collaborators to improve our understanding of the genetics of...
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New Genetic Associations for Parkinson’s Disease Identified

September 11, 2017
Scientists at 23andMe and Genentech have identified 17 new genetic variants associated with Parkinson’s disease, almost doubling the total number of known risk variants for the condition, which gives scientists hints at potential new targets for drugs to treat the disease.
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Parkinson’s Research Community Update

April 20, 2017
23andMe Parkinson's disease researchers plan to collect new types of data for their work.
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Parkinson’s Awareness Month

April 18, 2017
April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and this year it also marks the eighth anniversary of 23andMe’s Parkinson’s Research Community, which introduced a game-changing model for science, one that leverages online...
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International Parkinson’s Meeting News

July 29, 2016
After four days in Berlin attending the massive annual meeting of the International Parkinson’s and Movement Disorders Society, 23andMe Parkinson’s Community manager, Paul Cannon, PhD, came back hopeful for the...
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Ali and Parkinson’s

June 30, 2016
In his last fight– the one against Parkinson’s – Muhammad Ali went the distance finally succumbing in early June to complications from a respiratory problem.He was 74. In the more...
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