The Clinical Core seeks to improve the diagnosis and management of individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) through its support of the JHU Udall Center and Clinical Project 3. With this funding period request, the Clinical Core will add biofluid ascertainment (blood, urine, and cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)) to its existing 15-year longitudinal study and brain autopsy program. Through the collection of biofluids from individuals who undergo autopsy the Clinical Core is uniquely situated to allow the Clinical Project to identify PD biomarkers. In addition, to ensure that the Clinical Project has sufficient CSF to complete its aims, the Clinical Core will be responsible for obtaining CSF through collaborations with other cohorts both within and outside JHU. The Clinical Core also seeks to fulfill the mission of the JHU Udall Center through its efforts to educate patients, their families, and health care providers regarding the Center's research activities, PD diagnosis and treatment.
The Clinical Core will be a shared resource of the Parkinson's Disease Research Center and will play a central role in our investigations in the pathogenesis of Parkinson's Disease. The Clinical Core will provide vital support to the Clinical Project 3 through its acquisition of cerebrospinal fluid. It will also support the missions of the other cores and projects through its longitudinal investigation and brain autopsy program as well as education initiatives.
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