New guides to stem cells and inherited Parkinson's available
15 June 2012
We've just updated 2 of our information sheets, Inherited Parkinson's and genetic testing and
Stem cell research and Parkinson's.
They're part of our range of
resources to help people affected by Parkinson's find out more
about different areas of research and aspects of the condition.
Inherited Parkinson's and genetic testing
Scientists estimate that around 5% of cases of Parkinson's may
be inherited. The remaining 95% have what's called idiopathic
Parkinson's, meaning that there is no know cause.
Our new information sheet, Inherited
Parkinson's and genetic testing, looks at whether Parkinson's
can be inherited and if there is any way to test for the
condition. It includes information on:
- Does Parkinson's run in families?
- Will my children develop Parkinson's?
- Can I have my genes tested for Parkinson's?
Stem cell research and Parkinson's
This information sheet looks at what
stem cells are and why they are important for research into a cure
It also looks at the sort of research we
are currently funding and what potential this type of research
might hold for people with Parkinson's. Information includes:
- Can we use stem cells to find new drugs?
- How long will it take to develop a stem cell treatment for
- What is the status of stem cell research at the moment?