Thursday, 9 February 2012

Why parkin has scientists backing the future of Parkinson's research

Back in the '80s the name Michael J. Fox was more or less interchangeable with that of Marty McFly, the effortlessly cool protagonist from the Back to the Future trilogy who introduced an entire generation of kids to hoverboards, self-lacing shoes and flux capacitors. Not to mention 'Johnny B Goode'. These days however Fox's name is more likely to have us thinking of his fight with Parkinson's disease, which he was diagnosed with back in 1991, or the advocacy work he does for his aptly named Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Looking at their mission statement you can't help but get the feeling that Fox has brought a little of Marty "nobody calls me chicken" McFly's fighting spirit to the Foundation as it dedicates itself to "finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda". Whilst a cure remains allusive, recent research funded by the Foundation has resulted in a giant leap forward in our understanding of Parkinson's disease and suggests that the cure which Fox hopes will one day put him out of business may not be as far off as once thought.