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Recognition for Parkinson's researcher

1st September 2006

A doctor's work in producing a blood test for Parkinson's disease has received national recognition.

Dr Kay Double from the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute in Australia has been included in a "Ten of the Best" list produced by the National Health and Medical Research Council.

Following her research into the function of the brain pigment neuromelanin, Dr Double and her team have produced a blood test which they hope will provide early detection for the loss of neuromelanin, possibly predicting the onset of Parkinson's.

"This research is significant it has allowed us to design a new blood test for the onset of Parkinson's disease. It has also highlighted the potential to develop new treatments to slow down, or even stop altogether, brain cell death," said Dr Double.

About 10,000 people in the UK are diagnosed each year with Parkinson's disease.