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Parkinson’s association to offer genetic tests, data access

The Parkinson’s Foundation will launch a nationwide program offering free genetic testing for the disease and counseling to help patients understand their results.

Test results from the program, called PD GENEration, will be used in research to aid in developing better treatments and personalized medicine for those found to have the disease.

“The importance of this study is that it provides people with Parkinson’s easy access to their genetic data through their clinicians,” says Roy Alcalay, MD, principal investigator for PD GENEration. It will enable people with Parkinson’s and their providers to integrate this information into clinical decision making regarding future participation in clinical trials.”

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