Submitted by Val Curtis.
PADs is looking for volunteers living on San Juan Island who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease to participate in a new research study to determine if there is a relationship between a proven marker of neurological disease (ND ) and alert responses from Parkinson’s disease alert dogs. . If you’re familiar with PADs, you know that dogs sniff T-shirt samples from sample donors for an odor associated with Parkinson’s disease. For this study, volunteer participants will provide a T-shirt sample for canine detection and a secondary sample to be tested in the lab for the marker of neurological disease. Ongoing analysis of the ND marker and T-shirt sample of study participants will help determine whether the odor associated with Parkinson’s disease varies with the progression and stages of the disease. A better understanding of the disease brings us one step closer to the cause.
This study will begin in January 2022. To volunteer, contact Lisa Holt at [email protected] or 360-298-5494. For more information, visit https://www.padsforparkinsons.org/introduction-research-3-hpma-study and www.padsforparkinsons.org.