Silke and her team, Kristen Sundvick, Research Coordinator (funded by the Mottershead Foundation) and Daniel Kliger, Research Assistant

3Microbiome

The role of the microbiome (micro-organisms that live in and on us) in Parkinson’s Disease is an understudied area gaining worldwide attention, as evidence suggests there may be a link between these bacteria and brain disorders such as Parkinson’s. Dr. Silke Cresswell and her team are undertaking a microbiome study with a specific focus on gut and nose bacteria. With early signs of Parkinson’s including gastric issues and a decreased sense of smell, this study is exploring changes in the microbiome when Parkinson’s is present, which may lead to earlier detection and new treatments.

For more on the microbiome study, watch Dr. Cresswell’s research presentation from the PPRI’s annual scientific briefing