I am Dr. Alice Lazzarini. I study the genetics of neurological diseases like Parkinson disease, Huntington disease and ataxia. I was on the team that found the first disease-causing gene mutation for Parkinson’s, PARK1.
Then, I realized I was developing Parkinson disease myself. I was suddenly on the other side of the white coat, with a new perspective, and experiencing quite a different urgency. You will soon be able to read this ironic story in my memoir [working title: Both Sides Now].
Meanwhile, I would use this blog to share what I consider some of the important breakthroughs that have occurred as a result of our discovery. The graphic above highlights the areas where associations with Parkinson disease have consistently been found: on Chromosomes #4 and #17. Both of these were first reported by my team at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.