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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

Funded by

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.