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OPDC's Associate Professor Laura Parkkinen, and her team has conducted a study published in Brain, funded by the charity Parkinson’s UK and Weston Brain Institute.

The study investigated whether a new protein test could be used as an early diagnostic test in high-risk patients with REM sleep behaviour disorder and measure the progression of Parkinson’s and related disorders i.e.  Multiple System Atrophy.  An early definite diagnostic test could speed up research into new drugs that slow the condition, which could prevent people from ever developing symptoms associated with Parkinson's.

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