Spotlight on Parkinson's disease
Motor disorders are a well-known symptom of Parkinson's disease. But in recent years, research has highlighted that many patients experience greater problems from other, lesser known symptoms, such as anxiety and depression.
New discoveries about an old disease
The best treatment for Parkinson's disease is still a medicine that goes back 50 years, but otherwise a lot is new in the field.
Heredity more important than previously believed
Parkinson's has gone from being regarded as entirely caused by environmental factors to a disease with a clear genetic links.
Views differ on genetic discoveries
The genetic revolution in the Parkinson's field has been fast, so fast that there is still disagreement on how important it really is.
New research offers hope of a cure
The knowledge explosion in the field of Parkinson's has resulted in better animal models, faster testing systems and new possible treatments.
The toughest game of his life
Although he was not entirely unprepared, ice hockey coach Björn Hellkvist's diagnosis with Parkinson's disease still came as a shock.
Slowing down Parkinson’s disease
Meet Wallenberg Clinical Scholar Per Svenningsson, who is carrying out a major research project on Parkinson's disease, and one of his patients, Sara Riggare, who was only 32 years old when she developed Parkinson's. Per Svenningsson is a professor at Karolinska Institutet and chief physician in neurology at Karolinska University Hospital. This video was produced in 2020 by the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation.
Parkinson’s disease may start in the gut
Researchers at Karolinska Institutet and the University of North Carolina have mapped out the cell types behind various brain disorders. One interesting finding was that cells from the gut's nervous system are involved in Parkinson's disease, indicating that the disease may start there.
Investigating environmental factors in Parkinson's
Some 600 twins in the Swedish Twin Registry at KI have screened positive for PD and most pairs are discordant. Researchers from the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics are now using this twin registry to investigate the importance of environmental factors for Parkinson's Disease.