New international initiative to investigate the genetics of Parkinson’s

As part of the Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative, an ambitious global five-year programme was announced today to understand the genetic root of Parkinson’s.

The Global Parkinson’s Genetics Program aims to collect genetic information from 150,000 people from across the globe. This will increase our understanding of genetics and what role it plays in Parkinson’s. The diverse nature of the programme will also allow us to understand more about the genetics of Parkinson’s in different communities. 

This programme is happening as part of the wider Aligning Science Across Parkinson’s (ASAP) initiative, which sees Parkinson’s UK collaborate with non-profit organisations including US-based Parkinson’s organisations The Michael J. Fox Foundation and Parkinson’s Foundation. The collaboration aims to tackle the key scientific challenges in Parkinson’s by sharing resources and data across the Parkinson’s community and to unite in accelerating breakthroughs. 

The genetics programme will offer a vital resource to achieve ASAP’s aims and to accelerate meaningful breakthroughs for people with Parkinson’s.  

Dr Katherine Fletcher, Research Communications Officer at Parkinson’s UK, said: 

“This is an exciting collaboration that aims to change the culture of Parkinson’s research. By working together with key organisations around the world we can be more united in our goal to understand the causes of Parkinson’s and find better treatments and a cure for all those living with the condition. 

“This study of the genetics of Parkinson’s will offer a vital resource to Parkinson’s researchers across the globe. It will allow for the identification of risk factors and close gaps in our understanding that are holding back the development of new and better treatments.”