Ask the MD: Parkinson’s Diagnosis and Biomarkers


Rachel Dolhun, MD, movement disorder specialist, and vice president, medical communications at MJFF reviews how the diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (PD) is currently made based on a person’s medical history and physical examination. She also discusses how MJFF is leading efforts, through the Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) study, to find a biomarker — an objective measurement to diagnose and monitor PD.

Check the “Ask the MD” webpage for blogs and videos on Parkinson’s and related topics, and the latest updates on research and therapeutic developments.

The “Ask the MD” series is intended as an educational resource for people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. Please consult with your personal healthcare provider to address individual medical questions.

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.