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Parkinson's research study gets under way

By Anna Maguire

Scientists from Northern Ireland are working on the world’s most extensive study into Parkinson’s — which researchers hope may lead to a cure for a condition which affects around 3,500 people here.

Parkinson’s UK, which is investing more than £1.6m into the ambitious research project ‘Tracking Parkinson’s’, announced Northern Ireland’s involvement in the study yesterday.

Scientists hope the five-year study will identify trends — known as biomarkers — among sufferers of the neurological condition.

Dr Kieran Breen, director of research and innovation at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Tracking Parkinson’s is a major new research project and we are very excited to be involved.

“This study really offers hope for sufferers, and we need people in Belfast and the surrounding areas to volunteers to help us make our vision of a cure a reality.”

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