Genetic Modulation of Clinical Course in Pathologically Proven Parkinson's Disease
Richard Camicioli, M.D.
Dr. Richard Camicioli (University of Alberta, Edmonton) will examine autopsied brain tissue from fifty confirmed (by movement disorders specialist, Dr. Ali Rajput of Saskatchewan) PD patients for the presence or absence of genes thought to be risk factors for dementia and psychosis. Evidence thus gathered may permit a better understanding of the influence of such genes in future studies of subjects in prospective (prior to occurrences) rather than a retrospective (looking back using charts and patients' histories) manner. This study is complementary to ongoing research using magnetic resonance imaging in patients living with the disorder.
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