Genetic Evidence That New Therapies Targeting Parkinson's Disease May Cause Harm, NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute and Mayo Clinic Study  
3/21/2013 7:23:16 AM

NorthShore University HealthSystem (NorthShore) and Mayo Clinic researchers have partnered on a study that shows genetic and clinical evidence that therapies targeting the expression of alpha-synuclein -- a gene whose function is involved in the development and progression of Parkinson's disease -- may accelerate disease progression and increase the risk of physical incapacitation and dementia. If replicated, the findings will have profound implications for therapies under development for Parkinson's disease.