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By Alexa Amato, Neuroscience - Neurobiology Concentration
Advisor: Alberto Espay
Award: Excellence in Reseach Communication
Abstract: The purpose of this study is to learn what causes types of neurodegenerative diseases and learn why the diseases are happening. The two diseases focused on in the study are Parkinson's disease(PD) and Alzheimer's disease(AD). The patient will be asked to give samples, complete questionnaires, and use devices during their yearly visits/clinical assessments. The concentration is to look at the environmental and genetic factors specifically using biomarkers. The study is ongoing and hopes to end before 2029. The goal is to slow or stop the progression of biological defined-types of neurodegenerative diseases.