About the Queensland Parkinson’s Project
The vision of the Queensland Parkinson’s Project (QPP) is to find out what causes Parkinson’s disease so that we can better treat, cure and ultimately prevent the disease from occurring. We are doing this by studying people who are living with Parkinson’s disease as well as neurologically healthy individuals.
The challenges of Parkinson’s disease research
The greatest challenge for those wanting to “cure” Parkinson’s disease today is the inability to easily observe and monitor the progression of the disease process in a living individual’s brain and to follow how this process changes as the symptoms progress.
Given that people live for many years with the disease before they develop the movement symptoms, this means we can’t currently identify those at greatest risk or those with early disease. To do this we need biological markers or biomarkers of the disease process.