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Tracking Parkinson's

Tracking Parkinson's is the world's largest ever in-depth study of people with Parkinson's. We have successfully recruited 2,240 people with Parkinson's who are taking part across 70 study centres UK-wide.

This ambitious 5-year project aims to speed up our search for a cure by finding 'biomarkers'. Watch our short film to find out more.

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Biomarkers - the key to a cure

Identifying biomarkers is key and would revolutionise the diagnosis and management of Parkinson's

We believe that finding biomarkers is crucial to finding a cure for Parkinson's.

Biomarkers are small changes in the body that can be measured to show how severe your Parkinson's is. But no biomarkers have yet been found for Parkinson's.

Without a reliable biomarker we cannot diagnose Parkinson's accurately or measure how it progresses - which is a massive barrier to testing new treatments.

Having a biomarker for Parkinson's would also help us diagnose Parkinson's earlier, when people are most likely to benefit from the new treatments scientists are working on.

Who is taking part?

Hospitals across the UK are involved in Tracking Parkinson's

With your help, we have now recruited 2,240 people with Parkinson's to 'Tracking Parkinson's'. These include

  • people diagnosed with Parkinson's in the past 3 years
  • people diagnosed before the age of 50

The research team are now contacting brothers and sisters of people with Parkinson's who are already enrolled in the study to ask if they are interested in taking part.

Find out about other opportunities to get involved in research.

Tracking Parkinson's add-on studies

Parkinson's UK are funding a number of research projects running alongside 'Tracking Parkinson's'.

Largest ever study of pain in Parkinson's

  • Dr Monty Silverdale, Salford Royal Foundation Trust
  • £16,060 over 4 years
  • Start date: September 2013
  • Innovation grant: K-1301

Monty and his colleagues will be performing the largest and most detailed assessment of pain in Parkinson's that there has ever been.

Largest ever study of pain in Parkinson's - research project summary (PDF, 201KB)

Searching for biomarkers

  • Professor Simon Lovestone, University of Oxford
  • £749,887 over 3 years
  • Start date: April 2013
  • Themed research: J-1301

Simon will be using cutting-edge technology to screen for subtle changes in proteins in blood samples taken from people with Parkinson's. These subtle changes or biomarkers could be used to diagnose and monitor the condition.

Searching for biomarkers - research project summary (PDF, 183KB)

Developing better brain scans for Parkinson's

  • Professor Dorothee Auer, University of Nottingham
  • £657,105 over 3 years
  • Start date: January 2014
  • Tracking Parkinson's 'add-on' grant: J-1204

Dorothee will conduct one of the largest ever brain scanning studies in people with Parkinson's using MRI scanners.

Developing better brain scans for Parkinson's - research project summary (PDF, 180KB)

Find out more

Tracking Parkinson's Newsletter - April 2016 (424KB)