Parkinson’s disease has no known cure, and affects millions of people around the world. Hamad bin Khalifa University is conducting a groundbreaking research project on the disease, which is led by one of the world’s top Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease research scientists, Dr. Omar El Agnaf.
The project is the first to use samples of human spinal fluid as part of the research, which is a milestone in the field and for Qatar. The research is funded by a grant from the Michael J Fox Foundation based in New York, which invests in very competitive, cutting edge research related to the disease.
Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, and in short, affects a person’s control of their movement. Sufferers must contend with spasms or involuntary movement, especially of the limbs. This disease usually occurs in people over the age of sixty. Although a cure has not been found, certain preventative measures do exist. The consumption of caffeine and antioxidants like vitamin C and D have been known to reduce the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s.
It is Dr. Omar El Agnaf’s hope that the research in this particular instance will help show his students at HBKU and medical experts from elsewhere what Qatar is capable of in this field and in the expansion of knowledge and research. This is certainly a good beginning!