Initiative to cure Parkinson’s disease
Working on a cure
Legacy Research Institute is home to one of the world’s leading research groups in neuroscience. Our scientists work to understand, improve, prevent and cure neurological disorders.
A life-changing disorder
Parkinson’s disease is a neurogenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s each year, and an estimated 10 million people worldwide are living with the disease.
A new path
Our research suggests that glial function and the availability of adenosine are severely compromised in Parkinson’s patients. We are exploring how adenosine function and dysfunction contributes to normal and pathological brain function, and translating these findings into therapeutic approaches to design treatment options.
In addition to Legacy Research Institute’s Parkinson’s Initiative, Legacy Health and The Oregon Clinic have partnered to create the Portland Parkinson’s Program, offering multidisciplinary care for patients with Parkinson’s disease.
How you can help
This important research has the potential to improve, change and save lives. Although, Legacy Research Institute receives some funding through federal grants and other sources, this alone isn’t sufficient to fully fund this proposed research.