Research Resources

Glossary

With a Glossary of Parkinson’s terms in general use we take a gentle trot through the foothills of the language of Parkinson’s.

The Science

The Science of Parkinson’s blog by Dr Simon Stott carries articles on significant research developments. He goes to considerable trouble to explain the science to the layman.

Dr. Stott is Deputy Director of Research at Cure Parkinson’s, founded by the late Tom Isaacs in 2005 with the specific intention of finding a cure. Cure Parkinson’s has raised significant funds that have led to important discoveries and are sponsoring several trials. The Trust continues with Tom Isaac’s determination to involve people with Parkinson’s so that research is relevant and targeted properly.

Charities and Specialist Groups

Previously restricting themselves to funding research in academic surroundings, in 2015 Parkinson’s UK moved into active engagement in research focussed on drug re-purposing. They are also now involved in initiatives to bring change to drug testing processes. As a result a charity founded on excellence in community support in the UK has moved onto the international stage.  Their Research Blog is widely acknowledged as a reliable source of information on research progress and current topics.

The Parkinson’s Research Interest Group on FaceBook aims to increase awareness of and participation in research by highlighting progress and opportunities to participate.

Treatments In The Pipeline

The 2021 review of Parkinson’s Therapies in the Pipeline compiled by Kevin McFarthing, Gary Rafaloff, Marco A S Baptista, Richard K Wyse and Simon RW Stott.

Life Science Repositories and Clinical Trial Registers

Europe PMC provides access to an enormous international repository of Life Sciences articles, books, patents and clinical guidelines. The UK Clinical Trials Gateway resource, developed to inform people about clinical trials anywhere in the UK, has disappeared from the radar.

ClinicalTrials.gov is provided by the U.S. National Library of Medicine. It is an international registry of clinical trials, listing nearly 300,000 research studies in over 200 countries and regarded by many as the mother lode for trial registrations worldwide.