Fox Investigation for New Discovery of Biomarkers (BioFIND)

Principal Investigator

Penelope Hogarth

Study Purpose

The purpose of this study is to find biomarkers for Parkinson's disease. A biomarker is something that can used as an indicator of some illness of interest. In this study, we will look for biomarkers of Parkinson's disease in blood and spinal fluid. These findings may help us to understand how the disease progresses and how to diagnose it at earlier stages.

Medical Condition(s)

Parkinson's Disease

Eligibility Criteria

We are looking for two types of research participants. We are recruiting people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease for at least 5 years. We are also recruiting healthy control participants who have no personal or family history of Parkinson's disease. Research participants in this study must be 55 or older.

Age Range

55 - 93

Healthy Volunteers Needed


Duration of Participation

Research participants will be involved with the study for 3-4 weeks. There will be two visits to the research center and one telephone visit during this time.

Minors Included



For more information, contact the study coordinator at 503-494-1382.


This study is sponsored by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.

Recruitment End


Compensation Provided



Research participants will be compensated $50 for each of the two study visits to OHSU. If all activities are completed and all required biological samples obtained, subjects will be compensated a further $100 at the end of the study period. The total compensation for this study is $200. Payment will be made by a check mailed to the research participant after the end of the study.

Subjects coming from outside of Portland may have some travel expenses reimbursed in addition.

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