USF Recruits Parkinson's Patients for Study

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

The University of South Florida is looking to recruit people with Parkinson's disease for a study being sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation.

USF is one of 16 centers participating. The study aims to find the elusive bio markers for Parkinson's -- signs in the blood or urine, for example, that could help doctors diagnose and track the disease.

Patients in the study need to be newly diagnosed and not on any medications yet. Participants will not receive any medication for this study.

They will instead undergo brain scans and tests of their blood, urine and spinal fluid -- all areas where researchers are looking for bio markers.

Finding bio markers is the first step to developing more effective treatments, experts say.

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