Local Events

1-14-2015 - Glastonbury, CT - Dinner Conference


1-30-2015 - Narragansett, RI - Knock Out Parkinson's Event


2-10-2015 - Lincoln, RI - Lunch & Learn


2-20-2015 - Newington, CT - Lunch & Learn


2-27-2015 - Putnam, CT - Lunch & Learn


2-28-2015 - Tulsa, OK - 4th Annual Music Trivia Charity Event


3-7-2015 - Madison, WI - Wine Tasting Benefit


3-16-2015 - Woodbury, CT - Lunch & Learn


3-18-2015 - Glastonbury, CT - Dinner Conference


4-11-2015 - Rolling Meadows, IL - Educational Symposium


4-11-2015 - Virginia Beach, VA - Optimism Walk


4-12-2015 - Delray Beach, FL - Optimism Walk


4-18-2015 - Cottage Grove, WI - Half Marathon/5k


4-25-2015 - Mason, OH  - Spring Educational Forum


5-4-2015 - Stone Mountain, GA - Liberty Mutual Invitational Golf Tournament


9-12-2015 - Naperville, IL (Chicago) - Optimism Walk



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Parkinson's researcher learning to live with the disease

MENDHAM – Parkinson's disease has pervaded
Alice Lazzarini's life. ... leads to the
formation of Lewy bodies—the hallmark of
Parkinson's disease. (read more)



First Steps Towards a Vaccine for Parkinson's disease

by Alice Lazzarini, PhD

On July 31st, the Austrian biotech company, AFFiRiS AG announced the results of an early-stage trial of a vaccine intended to treat Parkinson’s disease. This is the first such study in Parkinson’s, although there has been work with similar strategies in Alzheimer disease.

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Meet APDA’s Research Grant Awardees 

APDA’s Scientific Advisory Board has selected 11 grant applications (seven research grants and four post-doctoral fellowships) and the Board of Directors approved for funding in 2014/15 APDA is pleased to present a synopsis of this year’s awards to support scientists whose research promises new insights into the disease. Such support has historically enabled recipients to position their work to a level eligible for greater funding. APDA has been a funding partner in most of the major PD scientific breakthroughs. 

Stanford University

Project Title: Defining the role of microglia-specific
LRRK2 in Parkinson’s disease.


US Neurology and European Neurological Review enables time-pressured physicians to stay abreast of key advances and opinion in neurological practice in the US and Europe. The journals comprise balanced and comprehensive articles written by leading authorities addressing the most important and salient developments in the neurological field. 



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Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

The health-promoting perks of wine have attracted the spotlight recently, leaving beer in the shadows.

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Scripps Florida scientists establish that drug candidates can block pathway associated with cell death in Parkinson's disease

In a pair of related studies, scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have shown their drug candidates can target biological pathways involved in the destruction...

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