Parkinson’s – it’s in the genes

Scientists the Parkinson’s UK fund have discovered changes in 3 genes that may affect brain function – including memory and thinking – in people with early Parkinson’s.

The discovery, in the journal Brain, has been made by researchers in Cambridge and Newcastle as part of a 5 year long study of Parkinson’s dementia funded by Parkinson’s UK.

Over 200 people with and without Parkinson’s took part in the study that investigated if differences in genes commonly seen in people with Parkinson’s were linked to changes in how the brain works.