First Steps Towards a Vaccine for Parkinson Disease

.On the heels of the AFFiRiS and MJF announcement regarding the PD01A vaccine study, Dr. Alice Lazzarini shares her perspective on the importance of this research.  As one of the researchers instrumental in the discovery of PARK1 and a person currently battling PD herself she has a unique perspective on this topic and the hope for the future.  

Dr. Lazzarini was a member of the team in the Department of Neurology at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey, (along with researchers at the National Institutes of Health and at the University of Naples), who identified PARK1 in 1997, the first gene mutation to cause Parkinson disease.  This research was partially funded by APDA. To read the complete article

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Depression and Parkinson's Disease

The recent death of Robin Williams has touched the lives of individuals of all ages.  We are also impacted by the recent news that Mr. Williams had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease prior to his passing.


While Parkinson’s disease (PD) is typically associated with physical motor symptoms, a host of cognitive impairments such as depression, sleep disorders, and memory loss can also be related to PD.  Fortunately many of these symptoms are treatable, but patients and caregivers must seek care.  Each year in the U.S. 60,000 new cases of PD are diagnosed, many under the age of 60.   It is important that when someone is newly diagnosed they talk to their physician about treatment options.


The American Parkinson Disease Association Nebraska Chapter and Information and Referral Center are here to provide information, education and support to those who are impacted by Parkinson’s disease, of which includes the patient, caregivers and their families.  In addition, the APDA Nebraska Chapter and Information and Referral Center also provides assistance to Parkinson’s support groups throughout the state of Nebraska and hosts events to create awareness, provide education, raise funds to support research and to bring individuals together so they know they are not alone.


The APDA Nebraska Chapter and Informational and Referral Center is part of a national organization that provides support to Chapters and Information and Referral Centers across the United Sates.  Click here for the complete release from APDA National Office.

FACES of Parkinson's in Nebraska



Amazing Grace


What do sign language, painting, dance and poi balls have to do with Parkinson's disease?  All have avenues of movement that keep Lola Anderson active and advocating for wellness for person's with Parkinson's. In addition to the need for physical wellness, there is a need for connectedness and recognition of life with Parkinson's as something unique. To read more about Lola's story Amazing Grace click here.



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UP Ties Dodgeball Tournament to Benefit APDA Nebraska

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Thank you Union Pacific Ties for hosting a Corporate Dodgeball Tournament to benefit the American Parkinson Disease Association Nebraska Chapter.

Seventeen teams competed in the competition on Saturday, May 10 at  Creighton University Kiewit Fitness Center. The winning team was TEAM USA from Union Pacific!!!  Thank you to Union Pacific Ties for hosting the event and to all the teams who participated.

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FACES of Parkinson's in Nebraska Continued

What do you do when you're an athletic, humor-loving 49 year-old community leader and you're diagnosed with Parkinson's? Tell a joke.  According to Mel Brooks, movie producer for the 1974 film Blazing Saddles,"Humor is just another defense against the universe. The Power of Humor. To read more click here.

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