July 6, 2017
STUDY WILL EXAMINE GUT BACTERIA FOR EARLY SIGNS OF THE DISEASE
The NIH awarded Asst. Prof. of Public Health Natalia Palacios a grant to study the relationship between gut bacteria and the risk of Parkinson’s disease.
“Listen to your gut” takes on new meaning as researchers investigate whether Parkinson’s Disease starts in the stomach, not in the brain.
In this new study, the research team will compare the gut bacteria of people in the earliest stages of the disease with those without the disease. If a specific bacterial pattern does exist for people in the early stages of the disease, it may be possible for people to be diagnosed earlier and targeted for clinical trials of new drugs. Currently, when Parkinson’s patients are recruited into clinical trials, their disease is likely too advanced for the drugs to have an effect.