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New study sheds light on Parkinson's complexity

Picture of Mark Schnitzer
LA Cicero
May 2 2018

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Research, Faculty

Parkinson’s disease affects around 10 million people worldwide, yet exactly how the disease and treatments for its symptoms work remains a bit mysterious. Now, a group of Stanford researchers lead by Mark Schnitzer have tested a seminal theory of Parkinson’s and found it wanting, a result that could have implications well beyond Parkinson’s disease itself.  The study was recently published in Nature. An associated News and Views describes how the fluorescence microendoscopy technique developed by Schnitzer, which allows one to monitor hundreds of neurons in the mouse brain at once, was used here to test models of Parkinson’s disease .