New research leading to better management of Parkinson’s disease has been the hope of nearly 10 million people it affects worldwide.

A new study by the renown science research organization Gladstone Institutes was recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), and offers new details learned about a key cellular protein that could lead to treatments for neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Huntington’s, Alzheimer’s, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Senior author Steven Finkbeiner (pictured above with Dr. Skibinski, the first author, in front of the robotic microscope) described a key cellular protein, Nrf2, as the most protective thing they have ever found against neurodegenerative diseases and could finally be the answer to treating these devastating conditions.

Neurodegenerative diseases are triggered by misbehaving proteins in the brain. The proteins misfold and accumulate in neurons, inflicting damage and eventually killing the cells. In the new study, scientists at the Gladstone Institutes used a different protein, Nrf2, in two models of Parkinson’s disease to restore levels of the disease-causing proteins to a normal, healthy range, thereby preventing cell death.


The Gladstone Institutes focuses on conditions with profound medical, economic, and social impact—unsolved diseases of the brain, the heart, and the immune system. Affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco, Gladstone is an independent, nonprofit life science research organization that uses visionary science and technology to overcome disease.

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  1. My husband was misdiagnosed with PD in 2000. Very rapid deterioration and many queries eventually led to MSA (Multiple System Atrophy) diagnosis. A horrible, horrible condition robbing people of independence, dignity, movement, speech, continence, ability to swallow and breathe.we didn’t know what to do we tried everything possible medically, we were waiting for his death then one day our daughter got back from work with the email of a herbal Dr saying her friend from work told her about a testimony on how Health Herbal Clinic cured her mom from PD and it truely worked, we were desperate and sceptical but my daughter told me we got nothing to loose and i decided to give it a try. 4 weeks after he started taking the herb he regained his speech and today my husband is fully rocovered from this deadly disease called PD, this isn’t a BS it is real you can also contact Healtth herbal clinic on healthherbalclinic(AT)gmail(DOT)com or website on www(DOT)healthherbalclinic(DOT)weebly(DOT)com

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