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Systemic iron changes, haptoglobin phenotypes and Parkinson's disease risk

Status: 
Completed
Study area: 
Neurology
Principal investigator: 
Paola Costa-Mallen, PhD
Project period: 
09/10/2009 - 8/31/2012
Bastyr University

This study explores if changes in serum iron levels and iron binding proteins are associated with an increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease. This study focuses on iron changes due to the presence of particular phenotypes, or lifestyle factors, or the interplay between genetic and environmental factors.

Healthy participants were recruited as well as patients affected with Parkinson's disease, in a case/controls study.

Pending in 2013:
Publications; NIH grant funding to expand the research study.